Mary Annette Bryant (Cange), resident of Seward, Alaska, passed away unexpectedly on December 24, 2018. Mary was born in Anchorage, Alaska on October 25, 1949, and was the daughter of Joseph and Clara Cange. She graduated from West Anchorage High School in 1967. Mary worked in Anchorage for the Alaska Marine Highway and transferred to Seward in 1979 to become the ferry terminal manager where she worked until the ferry system moved the MV Tustumena out of its homeport of Seward. After finishing her career with the Alaska Marine Highway in Haines, Alaska, Mary retired from the State of Alaska and lived her life fully and deeply in Seward. She spent the last 15 years working at Icicle Seafoods on the night watch and at AVTEC as a dorm attendant. Her generosity and dependability touched many lives. Throughout her life, Mary was an ardent supporter of labor unions and until her death she steadfastly supported the cause, importance, and history of unions in America.
Mary was a voracious reader of all genres of writing, a lover of every type of music, and an extraordinary cook. She spent much of her life collecting and cataloging books, recipes, and music. Mary was a passionate progressive who believed deeply and truly in equal rights for all and followed politics ardently.
Upon her retirement, she took up quilting and found a new passion for the beauty and creativity within the hobby. Mary enjoyed collecting and exploring the patterns, fabrics, and books that involved quilting. Her daughter Elizabeth was able to share this with her, as they created several quilts together over the years.
Mary leaves her husband and partner of 42 years Edward Plevka Jr. and her cat Cookie, who reside in Seward, her daughters Julie Bryant, Valarie Bryant, and Elizabeth and her husband Evan Ewald, and six grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. She also leaves her longtime friend Marilee Haddeland of Seward, three sisters and four brothers, Jeannine Cange of Eagle River, Alaska, Danese (Pat) Owens of Anchorage, Theresa (James) Roth of Morton, Illinois, Joseph Cange of Anchorage, Jerry (Susan) of Sequim, Washington, Neale Cange of Scarborough, Maine, and Thomas (Sylvia) Cange of Noblesville, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Alaska Humane Society or the ACLU in her memory are welcome. A memorial service will be held on April 20 in Seward at Zudy’s Café in the former Alaska Marine Highway ferry terminal.