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1983-1991 Ruth Burnett

Former Mayor of Fairbanks. Businesswoman

Ruth E. Burnett was born in Lewiston, Montana. She was married to Wally Burnett for 47 years, raised four children and spent more than 40 years in Fairbanks where she died on November 14, 2003.

She had a lifelong commitment to humanity and service to her family, the city of Fairbanks and the state of Alaska. She served as mayor of Fairbanks and was a member of the University of Alaska Board of Regents and the Alaska Statehood Commission.

Those who knew Ruth remember her generosity of spirit and her gracious and beautiful compassion for others.

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