Edith Barrowclough

Passed away on April 5, 2019

Edith Barrowclough, (1950 – 2019) died at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix on April 5, 2019 following a two and a half year fight with pancreatic cancer. She was the former part owner and manager of Alaska Tax Service where she worked for many years.

As a child of a military family, she grew up in many places in Europe and the US. She was a brilliant student, won awards for marksmanship, and was a high school valedictorian. She attended the University of Pittsburgh and graduated cum laude from the University of Texas with a degree in Latin American Affairs.

She worked several summers on aerial bowhead whale surveys in the Arctic recording data and documenting sightings. She loved movies and music, ocean kayaking, world travel, and exposure to other cultures. She enjoyed collecting arts and crafts directly from the artisans, and she loved to haggle in markets all over the world. She was an award winning photographer with a great eye for the shapes and colors of life. She was a generous humanitarian in thought, word, and deed, helping others, often taking them into her home for long stays, and making life-long friends she knew as her family. She loved drinking wine with friends. (You know who you are.)

She was preceded in death by her father John Barrowclough and is survived by her mother Inge Barrowclough, her husband of 37 years David McElroy, her son Brandon McElroy, her brothers John and Patrick Barrowclough, sisters-in-law Sue and Emily Barrowclough and Mary Bass, nieces Rebeckah and Julie, and nephews Adam and Ethan Barrowclough.

There will be a Celebration of Life held on Saturday, August 24th, 2019 at 6821 Teresa Circle, Anchorage AK 99516. A time will be determined at a later date. People are encouraged to submit thoughts, photos, and stories to this website.

And the woman on whom nothing is lost Aims her camera with one hand, And with the other in complete confidence Passes the cup she’s been holding over her shoulder to the hand In the desert behind her which is mine.


24 August

Celebration of Life

McElroy/Barrowclough Residence

6821 Teresa Circle
Anchorage, Alaska 99516


Edith Barrowclough

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Farah Zoetmulder

May 16, 2019

The first time I ever really met Edie was on thanksgiving day 2015. Over the course of the next 3 and a half years Edie became the mom I never had, and along with David, grandparents to my son. It happened overnight, effortlessly. I lived in her home for a little over a year as my relationship with her son, Brandon developed.
Many of my memories of Edie are snap shots in my mind. When I remember her it’s in the moments of everyday life. Sitting on the couch with her. Going on our neighborhood walk. Cooking with her. Her slightly pursed expression when she was trying not to laugh at something basically silly. Her purposeful walk. The warmth in her voice when she would say “hi” when I came home. Sitting across from her at the dinner table.. and she would flash me a knowing smile just between us moms.
Our planning sessions...Planning vacations, dinner shopping, meals, and simple daily logistics. She and I would go back and forth in a slightly stressful, neurotic way, sitting in her kitchen, as David patiently waited for us to be done. I loved every minute of our banter because it was always about taking care of and bringing joy to our family and friends.
Edie always made time for my son. Her and I had a few very memorable kid centred outings and yearly traditions. Going to the reindeer farm and feeding the reindeer. Going to the Captin cook hotel to see the Christmas gingerbread display. Making a gingerbread house. Decorating eggs for Easter. All of these yearly traditions will never be the same without her, but I know that continuing them will keep her alive in our hearts.
So in that spirit, I wear the earrings she gave me. And I still unplug the toaster (for safety!) as she always insisted. I dress my son in the clothes she gave him, and read to him the books she sent him. As we process our lives without her, she is remembered in countless ways everyday. She is missed

Cheryl Barger

May 6, 2019

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I have much to say about Edie, but I am still so saddened by her passing, it is hard to share anything right now. I would love to meet all of you who have responded, and talk to you about Edie. We met at H&R Block in 1996. I love her and admire her, and miss her so much.

Shared on April 29, 2019 at 12:17am

Herman and Ruth Black

May 6, 2019

Edie was introduced to us by our friend Bonnie Cudnohufsky several years ago to do our tax papers. Edie ALWAYS had a warm smile and genuinely inquired about our kids and how we’ve been since the last time we saw her. Her warmth, kindness, laugh and big smile will always be in our hearts. We truly lost a remarkable lady. We loved hearing about her travels and seeing her pictures in her office. You will be missed! David and Brandon, thank YOU for sharing Edie with us. Lifting you each up!

Shared on April 24, 2019 at 7:47am

Elaine Christensen

May 6, 2019

Edie was a special friend and cancer fighter. We met on a Portuguese River cruise with David, JD, Emily, and Inga. Two weeks after our return Edie called me and said they would all meet me in Budapest for a Danube River Cruise in the Fall of 2016. We returned home to tests that confirmed her cancer and my stage 4 bone cancer. I had survived breast cancer 6 years before, so Could help Edie deal with her cancer. We helped each other through rough times with cards, calls and texts. I will miss our weekly communications and the sharing of living each day well. Edie also introduced me to Alaskan artists and I treasure a glass zipper pull she gave me. I will also miss book reviews by David when I talked to the both of them. I will forever be grateful for meeting Edie and her family. I am sad for her family, but know she will always be with them in the memory of her smile.

Shared on April 22, 2019 at 3:19pm

Dave Haag

May 6, 2019

You hold the dubious distinction of being the first person I have met who admitted to voting for Trump, Edie declared eyes rolling back in her head. Needless to say I liked her instantly, and the more I got to know Edie the more I knew there IS hope. I only wish we had met sooner. Having lost my own wife less than two years ago to pancreatic cancer, the news of Edie’s passing came with an extra sting to my heart. My God we need to find a cure!
I will miss Edie’s wicked whit and cunning smile, she was a beautiful soul.
David, you were her night in shining armour to the very end. You and you family are in my prayers as you mourn her loss.
May God bless you and help you heal your broken heart.

Shared on April 18, 2019 at 7:59pm

Toni Swearingen

May 6, 2019

Thank you for sharing your life with us. You were a strong, steadfast tower for many.
I will miss you terribly.

Shared on April 17, 2019 at 10:57am

Mary Zimmerman

May 6, 2019

Rod and I met Edie and David almost six years ago on our first sea kayaking adventure out of Croatia. Edie’s welcoming warmth immediately took away any jitters we had in regard to paddling around in a not-so-calm sea. I will never forget the rousing games of Farkle (of course, accompanied by Croatian wine) with Edie and Colleen on the deck of the catamaran after a long day of paddling and sightseeing. Edies’s openness to an immediate friendship made this a trip of a lifetime for us. We were lucky enough to be able to spend two more kayaking trips with Edie and David in British Columbia and Cuba. Although we were geographically a long distance from each other, she always felt much closer. One thing that was always clear was how much she loved David and Brandon. We are going to miss her bright light.

Shared on April 16, 2019 at 9:02am

Marilyn Forrester & Steve Audette

May 6, 2019

I first met Edie when she applied for an opening in my office at Alaska Tax Service. She was introduced to me by one of my employees, Pat Walle, who highly recommended her. I found Edie to be capable, personable, friendly and very qualified for the job of tax consultant. After four years, I promoted her to Office Manager and she did an excellent job. She was liked by all my employees and customers. Later I sold my business and Edie stayed on with the new owner, but we kept in touch over the years. I shall miss Edie and will always remember her as one of my special and loyal friends. Edie was an amazing lady and Marilyn and I feel privileged to have known her. We know you will miss her deeply and we will keep your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Shared on April 15, 2019 at 5:17pm

Janice, Joe, Wade, Tore and Jonas Banta

May 6, 2019

The Banta family arrived 22 years ago to see the most incredible garden in our new neighbors’ yard next door. Each year, we felt so lucky to enjoy the sight and scents of those beautiful plants and flowers carefully tended by Edie, Dave, and Brandon. They’ve been the best neighbors. We recall talks about our boys and their exploits, trying to match Edie and Dave’s regularity in walks through the neighborhood with their dog, Chula, travels they took and we admired. As we see signs of spring in the garden this week, it’s hard to accept that Edie’s not here to help care for the new green plants that are just sprouting. She will be deeply missed and remembered with fondness. Wishing her family and friends well in this difficult time.

Shared on April 14, 2019 at 10:53pm

David Aronson

May 6, 2019

Edith and David are my friends first from kayaking in British Columbia and later from our kayak trip to Cuba. Edith was a warm welcoming spirit from the first moment I met her on Vancouver Island with a twinkle in her eye and some shared wine…I regret that she has passed and send a warm hug to David and her community of friends and family.

Shared on April 14, 2019 at 7:23pm