Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Enola Beatrice Burket died in her sleep of natural causes on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008 at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 84.
A memorial service in her honor will be announced at a later date.
Mrs. Burket was born Sept. 4, 1923 in Plaquemine, La. She volunteered during her life for the military.
Mrs. Burket moved to Alaska in 1981 and lived in Palmer for a short time until moving to Soldotna in 1982.
She was a volunteer for many years at the Soldotna Senior Center in the Kitchen Band, and also sat on the Board of Directors at the Senior Center.
She was there from the time the Senior Center opened and started the Kitchen Band.
Her family said, "Enola was the kindest soul anyone could ever hope to know. She always had a sweet smile and a twinkle in her hazel eyes.
"Enola had a rhythm in her soul. She truly loved to dance and sing. She was the glue that held our family together.
"Enola leaves behind the love of her life, Bill, whom she cherished and adored for 63 years."
Mrs. Burket was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Bill Burket, of Soldotna; sister, Maggie Gaudet of Louisiana; son, David Burket of Reno, Nev.; daughters and sons-in-law, Suzanne and Jim Spinka of Soldotna, Charleen Dame of Bullhead City, Ariz., and Terri and John Conner of Reno, Nev. She is also survived by many grand- and great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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