Community editor and columnist Kris Capps is a longtime resident of Fairbanks and Denali Park. Contact her at kcapps@newsminer.com, in the office at 459-7546 or by cell at 322-6334. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.

Coghill's General Store sold

Marilyn Coghill Duggar and Tallon Shreeve sign the final papers on Nov. 13, 2019 to transfer ownership of Coghill's General Store, making it official. Shreeve is now the new owner of the store. He plans to keep the same name. 

It’s hard to begrudge retirement for anyone who has worked as long and as hard as Marilyn Coghill Duggar, at Coghill’s General Store in Nenana.

The community will celebrate her retirement at a special potluck dinner and party at 6 p.m. Friday at the Nenana Civic Center. The poster declares why this party is important: “Because Marilyn is well loved and appreciated!”

Music will be provided by The Mudge Family Band. Friends are setting up a travel fund for Marilyn and and her husband, Ty. Anyone can donate cash or gift cards at a special money tree at the party, or donations can be given at the store.

Coghill’s General Store has been a part of the Coghill family since it was launched in 1916. Duggar worked there her entire life.

For many years, she was the assistant manager to her father, Bob Coghill. Since then, she has filled the positions of manager, cashier, office manager, meat cutter and janitor.

“She has done the lion’s share of the work there, working over 60 hours a week,” said her longtime friend Annette McDonald.

She is also the go-to gal for everyone in Nenana, anytime, for anything.

“Our family grew up in public service,” she said. “That is what our family is about. That is how this store was run, as a public service.”

Duggar officially retired Dec. 31, after making the hard decision to sell the store. But she’s not going anywhere. She plans to spend more time with family and to devote more time to her other profession. She is an Episcopal priest.

Questions about the celebration? Call Annette McDonald at 907-832-5533, Jennie Bennett at 907-978-9579 or Tallon Shreeve at the store.

Clay Street volunteers

If you have an interest in history, especially in the historic Clay Street Cemetery, there are two opportunities to consider.

The Clay Street Cemetery Commission is looking for two energetic, history-minded people to join the commission. The panel meets the first Wednesday of every month at 5 p.m. at the City Council chambers.

Eligible candidates must live in the city limits of Fairbanks and can file an application with the Fairbanks City Clerk’s Office. That phone number is 907-459-6771.

The commission is also looking for volunteers in late spring and during the summer who can help place stone markers. Those markers are available, thanks to funding provided through city bed tax funding, according to Aldean Kilbourn of the commission. Eagle Scout candidates have helped in the past but not since 2017.

Reach columnist/community editor Kris Capps at kcapps@newsminer.com. Call her at the office 459-7546. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.