Pioneer Alaskan and Homer resident Millie "Mim" Effler died Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003, in Escondido, Calif. She was 78.
A funeral was held Jan. 27 at McLeod Mortuary Escondido Chapel. A private cremation was held and a memorial service will take place later this summer in Homer with her ashes being spread on her homestead overlooking Kachemak Bay.
Mrs. Effler was born on Feb. 25, 1924, in Fruithearst, Ala., to Morris and Ura Morrison. She grew up in Ames, Iowa, graduating from Ames High School in 1941. She married Gene Effler on July 4, 1947, in Salome, Ariz., honeymooning at the Grand Canyon, and subsequently headed to Alaska.
The Efflers homesteaded in Homer in July 1949 and Mrs. Effler quickly became a veteran homesteader, chopping her own wood, picking coal out of the canyon and carrying her own water from the well down to the cabin.
The couple also lived in Anchorage for 40 years, where they raised their four children.
In retirement, they wintered in Valley Center, Calif., and came home to Homer for the late spring through early fall. Mrs. Effler enjoyed traveling, golf, beach combing and photography.
"Life was a celebration for Mim. She never missed an opportunity to be there for all the important events in her family's life. Her persevering spirit and loving nature was an inspiration to all who knew her," her family said.
She was preceded in death by her grandsons, Paul Anthony Brenton and Samuel Adam Fortney; her parents and four brothers.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Gene Effler of Homer; daughters and sons-in-laws, Linda and Brady Drummond of Wasilla, Carolyn and Bill Carfrae of Seattle and Sherri and Earl Houser of Anchorage; son and daughter-in-law, Roy and Crystal Effler of Wasilla; sisters, Bookie Cone and Betty Sinnott, both of Escondido; sister and brother-in-law, Bea and Tom Cena of Seattle; brother and sister-in-law, John and Shirley Morrison of Ogden, Iowa; grandchildren, Michelle, Tammy, Charlene, Angie, Michael, Aime, Carina, Ian, Daniel, Earl and Haley; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were handled by McLeod Mortuary.
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