Borgny M. Reader

Borgny M. Reader

Dec. 19, 1919 – March 12, 2016

Borgny M. Reader was born on December 19, 1919 in Littleheart, North Dakota; and left this world on March 12, 2016.  At age 96 she lived a full and truly interesting life; she traveled by train from North Dakota to Washington in early 1928, sailed from Washington to Nome, Alaska by steamboat in 1932, met and married her husband Peter L. Reader, in 1937.  They remained in Nome until 1966 when they retired and moved to Silverdale, Washington.  During their time in Alaska they owned and operated a gold mine, a water company, a contracting company and the telephone company.  After Pete’s death in 2002 she moved to Yelm, Washington, to live with her daughter Helen.

Borgny was greeted on the other side by her parents Anna and Edven Ulricksen, seven brothers and sisters, husband, Pete, son Duane, granddaughter Antonia and great-great granddaughter Reanna.  Surviving are son Peter L. Reader and wife Barbara, daughter Helen Kinney and husband Cliff, grandson Andrew Macfarlane, wife Ikuko and great-grandchildren Joshua and Kirsten; granddaughter Davida Pennington and great-granddaughter Erin; great-granddaughter Lindsey Harris and great-great-granddaughter Arianna; and sister Florence Thomas. 

She is also survived by many, many nieces and nephews.

She was diagnosed with a heart murmer at age 4 and it took 92 years for her heart to finally say “I’m done.”  Up until the day before she died she was in perfect health and enjoyed her life.  She was always ready to go anywhere to the store, to the casino, her regular Thursday at the Yelm Senior Center or just to ride along wherever.  Up until the end she took care of all her own living “chores,” her own housekeeping and laundry and also helped in the gardens, deadheading rhodies and pulling weeds.

Borgny was an incredible lady who faced all her life challenges with dignity and grace and she will be missed.  At her request no services have been scheduled.  Dance with the angel, Mom.


The Nome Nugget

PO Box 610
Nome, Alaska 99762

Phone: (907) 443-5235
Fax: (907) 443-5112

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