Longtime Alaska resident Patricia Ruth Muir died Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 82.
A celebration of life is planned at the Baha’i Center of Ridgeway on Knight Drive in Soldotna at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13. Ms. Muir’s ashes will be scattered at Muir Glacier.
Ms. Muir was born Nov. 24, 1924, in Spokane, Wash. She graduated from Kirkland High School and attended Edison Vocational in Seattle. She moved to Tenakee Springs in 1949. During the next 58 years she lived in Juneau, Fairbanks, Anchorage, Caribou Island on Skilak Lake and Soldotna.
She spent 16 years with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as a statistician and as the animator for Pot Roast, the moose puppet on the Fish and Game television program in the late 1960s. After retiring from Fish and Game, she worked as an editorial assistant for the FAA, where she was named Outstanding Federal Employee in 1983. She was a partner for five years in Sterling Court Reporters before retiring again at 65.
Ms. Muir, a student of many spiritual philosophies, found community with the Ridgeway Bahais in Soldotna.
She founded the Kirkland YMCA Las Casa de Leche Club to benefit the March of Dimes in 1944 after surviving polio, and held a variety of offices with the March of Dimes, including state vice president. She served as an officer with the Fairbanks PTA, worked with women and at-risk children as a parent aid to the Anchorage Child Abuse Board and as a foster parent, served on the board of Alaska Handicapped Sports and Recreation Association, was a founder of Bridges Community Resource Network, and volunteered with the Foster Grandparent Program at Soldotna Elementary. She recently celebrated her 50th anniversary as a P.E.O. sister (promoting educational opportunities for women), and also was a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Toastmasters and the Business and Professional Women group.
Ms. Muir enjoyed horses, gardening, sewing, cooking, baking, arts and crafts, and holistic health and healing. Her family remembers her uproarious sense of humor, zest for life and ability to create fun and excitement. She was mother to many people and will be missed by a large honorary family.
Ms. Muir was preceded in death by her former husband, Robert L. Crow.
She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Ann WingQuest and Wendell Lane of Anchorage; Joan Crow-Epps of Soldotna, Beth and Layne Adams of Anchorage, and Susan Widby-Crow and her partner, Jim Ihrig, of Wenatchee, Wash.; grandchildren, Theron Flavin, Jeremy Flavin, James Frusetta, Katie Scott, Eric Peterson, Joel Adams, Brian Adams, Jaxom Widby and Kayla Widby; great-grandchildren, Kenneth Yona Scott and Jordyn Flavin; nephew, Loren John Muir and his family; and cousin, Sharon O’Toole and her children.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1750 Abbot Road, Anchorage, AK, 99507.
Condolences may be sent to her family at 44690 Sunrise Avenue, Soldotna, AK, 99669, (907) 262-9019.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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