Longtime peninsula resident Leah O’Reagan-Rose died Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital. She was 86.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at Solid Rock Bible Camp, Milepost 91 of the Sterling Highway.
Mrs.O’Reagan-Rose was born in Muskegon, Mich., June 15, 1920, to Arthur and Ruth VanDuinen.
She attended Merritt High School and was in the first graduating class of 1938. She worked as a bookkeeper for a lumber company in Houghton Lake, Mich. On April 5, 1944, she enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and served until the end of World War ll. She married her first husband, Lewis O’Reagan in 1946. They moved to Alaska in June 1959. She worked as a bookkeeper for peninsula doctors Gaede and Isaak, and then for several different seafood companies.
After she raised her family she became a registered nurse in 1979. She worked as a nurse at Heritage Place and volunteered her time as a nurse for Solid Rock Bible Camp. She was a member of the Women Marines Association, maintained her RN license until her death and was a member of several Republican political organizations.
“Leah cherished her relationship with Jesus and with her family. Although Leah lived in Alaska since 1959 she often joked that living in Alaska was only temporary. One of the things that all of the family will miss the most is their birthday calls from Leah. Every year she would unfailingly call each member of the family and sing them a personalized version of happy birthday while playing her organ. Leah was beautiful both inside and out and was always happiest in her high heels,” the family said.
She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Lewis O’Reagan; second husband, Don Rose; son, David O’Reagan; and great-granddaughter, Bayou Broussard.
She is survived by; her sons, F. Patrick O’Reagan and John Lewis (Jack) O’Reagan; daughter, Irene Ruth Bradford; grandchildren, Trent (T.D.) O’Reagan, Jessica O’Reagan, Brandii O’Reagan, Samantha O’Reagan, Mat Broussard, James Wilson, Taddie Wilson, Lewis O’Reagan II, Sheri Dean and Darren Dean, Jeanie Larrow, David Bradford, Christy Bradford; and 17 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in her name to the Solid Rock Bible Camp, P.O. Box 489, Soldotna AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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