Former Soldotna resident Abigail Maurine Verhelst of Brighton, Mass., died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006, in Kent, Ohio, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 22.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2007, in Riverside United Methodist Church in Moline, Ill. Burial will be in Moline Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, at Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center in Moline.
There will be a memorial service in Soldotna later this month.
Miss Verhelst was born July 25, 1984, in Macomb, Ill., to Timothy and Mary Beth (Knoll) Verhelst. Her father’s employment took the family from Macomb to Moline, Colorado, Washington state, and finally to Alaska.
Abby graduated from Soldotna High School in 2002. While in high school, she earned a varsity letter in soccer, served as hockey team manager for three years and was elected vice president of her senior class.
She received a bachelor of science degree in fashion merchandising from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, in May of 2006. She graduated cum laude and was a member of mortar board and Golden Key Honor Society. An active member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, she held numerous offices including: social chair, academic achievement chair and was financial vice president her senior year.
“Abby recently landed her dream job with TJX Corp. at their corporate headquarters in Boston, Mass. Her position as allocation analyst (a liaison between the buyers and the stores) for Marshalls Division was an exciting challenge. She was on her way to a rewarding career.
“ Abigail loved family, friends, and shopping. She enjoyed reading and was an enthusiastic traveler. Abby was a loyal and caring friend. Her outgoing personality could light up a room. She was the heart of our close-knit family. Abby made a difference in the lives of all who knew her: a bright light extinguished far too soon,” her family said.
She is survived by her parents of Anchorage; brother, Jonathan Verhelst of Anchorage; grandmother, Shelby Knoll of El Paso, Ill.; grandfather, Richard Verhelst of Moline; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu o f flowers memorials may be made to the Abigail M. Verhelst Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank. Funds will be donated to her high school and university.
Abigail’s family invites friends to express condolences, share a story about her or light a candle in her memory at www.TrimbleFuneralHomes.com.
Arrangements were made with Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center in Moline.
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