Chris "Dago" Purvis

Chris “Dago” Purvis, 63, died at home as promised, with her family and friends by her side Feb. 2, 2013, at 2:55 p.m. in the Butte.

Celebration of life and Italian potluck is Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at Beach Lake Lodge, Chugiak. Take Birchwood Loop exit towards Chugiak High and left on Beach Lake Road.

Chris will be buried in Valley Memorial Park June 20. Her mother, Mary Benbow died June 20, 1998. She was cremated and buried at home. The family will be honoring her memory on Chris’s headstone.

Chris was born Mary Christine Quier in Mishawaka, Ind., May 20, 1949, to Mary (Becchelli) and Cecil. The family moved to Freemont, Calif., in 1958 and then to Palmer in 1966. She graduated from Palmer High School in 1967.

Chris, aka “Dago,” was strong willed with quite an independent entrepreneur spirit. In Anchorage, she owned Tradewinds Bar in Spenard in the 1980s and worked at the Timeout Lounge for about 15 years. She moved to Palmer in 1999, and worked at Palmer Bar and Delroy’s. She also did bookkeeping throughout the years and owned Butte Mailbox Center. Her smile and laughter were contagious and she was always easy to find in a crowd.

Chris was an incredible cook, veracious reader, played backgammon and cribbage and watched the San Francisco 49ers. She loved her 1981 Corvette and was dreaming of the day when she could purchase another one. Her hobbies included flower and vegetable gardening, jewelry making, writing, looking at the stars and trying to come up with a way to make money so she could work from home. Her latest plan was to start a peony farm on her property with her daughter.

Preceding her in death were her parents and brother, “Butch” Cecil Jr.

Surviving are her son, Shawn LaRose; daughter, Sonya LaRose; grandson, Devin Corey of Anchorage; sister-in-law, Debbie Quier of Washington; brothers, Mike and Pam of California, Joe and Winnie of Oklahoma, and Scott and Tami of Palmer.

Arrangements were entrusted to Cremation Society of Alaska. A guestbook may be signed online at

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