Freda K. (Peters) Marchant


Posted: Friday, January 23, 2004

Soldotna resident Freda K. (Peters) Marchant died Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at Heritage Place in Soldotna from complications of Alzheimer's disease. She was 82.

At her request, no formal services are planned. A private family service will be held at a later date, when family members will scatter her ashes.

Mrs. Marchant was born Dec. 24, 1921, in Clear Lake, Minn. She grew up and received her education in the Clear Lake area. In 1940, she moved to Minneapolis, where she worked as a housekeeper and a baby-sitter. She also worked as a waitress.

On Dec. 1, 1945, she married Hilton C. Marchant. They moved to Oregon in 1946. She was a homemaker and eventually worked as a waitress for nearly eight years before moving to Alaska in 1967. The couple lived in Fairbanks, North Pole and eventually Copper Center. She worked as a waitress for about six years. In 1977, the couple moved to Soldotna.

In her 60s, Mrs. Marchant was a "Nana" to Heather Madden and Amberlee and Arlyn Query until they started school fulltime. She also was a homemaker for many of the years while she continued to work.

Mrs. Marchant was confirmed Lutheran. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, baking and especially fishing.

"Freda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and gave freely of herself. She was a very good fisherman. She was usually the first one in the boat to yell, 'Fish on!'" her family said.

Mrs. Marchant was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Annie Peters; brothers, Walter, Ernest, Ferdinand and Arthur; and sister, Christine Brown.

She is survived by her husband, Hilton Marchant of Soldotna; sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Sharon Marchant of Valdez and Al and Peggy Marchant of Soldotna; daughter, Kay Tordoff of Soldotna; grandsons, Scott Marchant of Oregon, Nathan Marchant of Fairbanks, Steven Marchant of Valdez, Charles Marchant of Cartersville, Ga., and Michael Garcia of Raleigh, N.C.; granddaughters, Melissa Wood and Kelly Glaspell, both of North Pole, Trudy Marchant of Fairbanks and Megan Marchant of Valdez; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Herbert Peters of Fallon, Nev.; and sister, Mary Swanson of Salem, Ore.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Alzheimer's Resource Agency of Alaska, 1750 Abbott Road, Anchor-age, AK 99507.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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