Geneva Carol Stone
Sterling resident Geneva Carol Stone died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, in Soldotna as a result of a head injury. She was surrounded by family and friends.
A celebration of life ceremony was held at the Soldotna Elks Lodge on Saturday, Jan. 22, followed by visits to the VFW and AmVets clubs. Her ashes will be spread with those of her husband, Ed, over her lake, homestead and the Chugach Mountains.
Mrs. Stone was born in Okmulgee, Okla., in 1934. She and her family moved to Sterling from California in October 1961. She lived on Mackey Lake Road for 14 years but recently moved back to her homestead in Sterling.
She was an active member of the Soldotna VFW Ladies Auxiliary, holding the position of president for nearly four terms. She helped establish the Soldotna AmVets Post, was a member of the American Legion and recently became a member of the Soldotna Elks Lodge.
Mrs. Stone was known by friends and family as "Sugarpot," a nickname her first grandson, Chris, gave her. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren knew her by that nickname because she refused to be called grandma.
"Sugarpot loved her lake property, bonfires, casinos with slot machines, her homestead in Sterling, fishing on the Kenai River and Resurrection Bay, and most of all, she loved her family," her family said.
"Her most recent project was to develop her homestead with her children and grandchildren. She spent her last Christmas with her family at the homestead enjoying a beer near a bonfire, while her grandchildren put on a fireworks show. This is the most recent of many happy occasions that her family will fondly remember."
Mrs. Stone was preceded in death by her husband, Ed, and her sisters Nadine and Betty.
She is survived by her sons and their wives, Gregory and Dona Endsley, Anthony and Susie Endsley and Michael and Marilyn Endsley; daughter, Joanne Endsley-Humecky; grandchildren, Chris Endsley and wife, Shelly, Tim, Sharon, Brian, James and Travis Endsley, Toni and husband, Josh Barney, Sean and Ian Gaskins, Michael and Alycia Humecky, Kelly and Anthony Kitchen and Robby and Carolanne Small; brothers, Donald, Chester, Bobby and Darrel Branum; sisters, Ruby Bishop, Wanda Williams, Dickie Cotton and Guin Wilkins; great-grandchildren, Sean and Stephen Endsley and Jaten, Brinkley and Taye Barney; and many nieces, nephews and friends, including special friend Dick Johnson.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to the Hospice of the Central Peninsula, P.O. Box 2584, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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