Former Alaska lawmaker, businesswoman, mother, and grandmother Cynthia Toohey has died, Must Read Alaska has learned.

Toohey, who was a Republican state representative, had been ill for some time. She was 86.

Toohey was born in New York City, moved to Alaska in 1958, and became a registered nurse and owner of the Crow Creek Mine. She was chair of the Girdwood Board of Supervisors, and served in the Alaska House of Representatives from 1993-1997.

She met Barney Toohey at the Fairview Inn…

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