Marian Leman

Posted: Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Longtime Alaskan and Ninilchik resident Marian Leman died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 90.

A viewing will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Calvary Baptist Church in Ninilchik. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will follow in the American Legion Cemetery. Pastor James Leman and Rev. Kit Pherson will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Leman, Erik Leman, Justin Leman, Steve MacSwain Jr., Nick Petersen and Josh Gilstrap.

Mrs. Leman was born May 4, 1919, in Auburn, Neb. She received a diploma from Bonita Union High School in LaVerne, Calif., an Associates of Arts from Chaffey Junior College in Ontario, Calif., and a diploma in Christian Education from the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. During World War II she worked in civilian jobs to support U.S. military efforts. Marian moved to Ninilchik on June 6, 1946, with her twin sister Margaret to assist with missionary work with children. She met her husband Nick there, married and raised three sons. She worked for Berman Packing Co. through the early 1950s and was also a fisherman and homemaker. She retired from the family fishing sites in 2009.

Mrs. Leman was involved in Ninilchik Gospel Chapel, now Calvary Baptist Church; various civic and educational groups; counseling at Solid Rock Bible Camp; was a Sunday school teacher and superintendent; and a daily vacation Bible school teacher in Ninilchik and Homer. She was also active in Ninilchik Homemakers, Community Library and PTA. Her interests included reading, gardening, knitting, Bible clubs, and supporting her fishing family.

"Our wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother was faithful and consistent in her faith. She especially loved ministering to children. A true Proverb 31 woman, she exuded warmth, hospitality, friendship, humility, humor and industry," her family said. "She never met a person without great value and was liked and respected by all who met her. She prayed beautifully with sincerity and love for God, even well into her years of advanced dementia."

Mrs. Leman was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Esther Ruth Leman; parents, Frank and Dot Broady; twin sister, Margaret Lee; and sister, Betty Nash.

She is survived by her husband, Nick Leman of Ninilchik; sons, Wayne of Spokane, Wash., Loren of Anchorage and Mark of Cohoe; grandchildren, Karen Gilstrap of Spokane, Esther Errington of Seattle, Deborah Petersen of Cincinnati, Ohio, James Leman of Spokane, Joseph, Rachel, Nicole and Havilah Leman, all of Anchorage, and Erik and Justin Leman of Cohoe; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and other extended family.

The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Ninilchik Community Ambulance Assoc., P.O. Box 39351, Ninilchik, AK 99639, or Solid Rock Bible Camp, 36251 Solid Rock Rd., Soldotna, AK 99669.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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