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Born in 1912 and originally from Maine, Arlene Clay came to Nome, Alaska in 1944 with her husband, Earl, to work for the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) . In 1946, they moved to Aniak, Alaska to serve another two years with the CAA. They enjoyed life along the Kuskokwim River, so they made Aniak their home. Arlene served as Aniak’s magistrate from 1960 to 1977, and lived in a cabin on the Kuskokwim River for 67 years until her move to a retirement community in Wasilla in early 2011. In 2012, Arlene received the Judge Nora Guinn Award from the Alaska Bar Association honoring her service as a magistrate, and the Aniak Courtroom was named in her honor.
Arlene Clay died on February 11, 2016 at the age of 103. For more about Arlene Clay, see her obituary in the Alaska Dispatch News newspaper or a 2011 article about her and her interest in Ham radio in the Mat Su Valley Frontiersman newspaper.