Our beloved Charlotte Wilbur, 2nd generation Fairbanks born, 4th generation Alaska resident and the matriarch of 4 more generations of Fairbanks born offspring, died peacefully in her sleep, in her home, in the early morning hours of January 19, 2018. Charlotte was the cornerstone of the family started by her and her husband Jack Wilbur Sr. in 1948 and her home of nearly 60 years in Weeks Field was that family’s focal point; she will be sorely missed by her family and her many friends.
Charlotte was born July 7, 1925 to Steve and Charlotte Geis Stevenson at Saint Joseph Hospital. She was the granddaughter of Robert and Minnie Geis who moved to Fairbanks from Circle in 1904, and the great granddaughter of Joseph Dahl who worked in the gold fields in the Circle district in the late 1890s. Her mother died in childbirth and she was raised by her Grandma Geis in Juneau and her father and step-mother Madelin in Seattle. In 1947 she returned to Fairbanks at the urging of her Aunt Dorothy Geis Wrede and was introduced to her husband for life, Jack Wilbur Sr.; they were married in Fairbanks at St. Mathews Episcopal Church on January 10, 1948. Jack died in 1996 but Charlotte never considered another partner, she loved him so dearly.
Charlotte was an active, long-term member of Fairbanks Garden Club, PEO Sisterhood Fairbanks Chapter F, Pioneers of Alaska Women’s Igloo No. 8, her beloved Sewing Club, and First Presbyterian Church of Fairbanks where she was a Deacon. She formed many of her long-term friends through participation in these organizations.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband Jack Wilbur Sr and her daughter Mary Wilbur-Webb. She lived her life knowing that she would be reunited with them in heaven and died with a smile on her lips when it happened. She was also preceded in death by son-in-law Jim Reilly.
Charlotte leaves behind children Jack Wilbur Jr (Carol), Scott Wilbur (Debbie), and Joanne Reilly; grandchildren Aaron Wilbur (Lilly), Sara Wilbur, Megan Wilbur, Tyler Wilbur, Laura Smith (Jace) , Brian Carlton, Anna Kirby (Trent), Amy McCloskey (Steve), Christopher Reilly, Jack Reilly, and Jim Reilly Jr (Jess); great-grandchildren Ben Kolendo, Mason Wilbur, Christian Carlton, Carlie Carlton, Troy Kirby, Hayden McCloskey, Lucas McCloskey, and Mary McCloskey; and great-great-grandchild Amelia Carlton who has the distinction of being 6th generation Fairbanks born and an 8th generation Alaska resident. She also leaves behind many nephews and nieces and their offspring and many long term friends who loved her and will miss her dearly.
A funeral service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Fairbanks, 710 Cushman St, starting at 4:00 pm, Monday, January 29. A reception will be held at the same location immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Charlotte to her two favorite charities - Fairbanks Rescue Mission or The Salvation Army, Fairbanks Corp.