Ruth Brechan Remembered for Community Involvment


Jay Barrett/KMXT

A long time resident of Kodiak passed away Thursday morning. Ruth Brechan, who co-founded Brechan Enterprises with her late husband Fred in 1956, was 95 years old.

Her grandson, Mike Martin, remembered her as a caring and outspoken woman.

The memorial service for Ruth Brechan will be held on Monday, November 14th.

(Brechan 1 40 sec “It’s a huge loss for our family … she epitomized that.”)

He said his grandparents were involved in many activities in Kodiak after moving here:

(Brechan 2 26 sec “When her and grandpa … and helped out with.”)

Ruth Brechan wrote a memoir, which was published last year that relates many of her stories. It’s a book Martin said he was happy she wrote.

He said his grandmother loved to drive, but when she turned 90, he said he grew concerned:

(Brechan 3 36 sec “I hope she’s not looking … get to drive any more.”)

Brechan had a daily route she would drive through town – and in later years, be driven on – and Martin said they took her around town one last time this (yesterday) afternoon:

(Brechan 4 30 sec “She, in the last five years … send her over on the airplane.”)

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