Wanda June Kennedy


Posted: Friday, February 13, 2004

Wanda June Kennedy died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, at her home in Nikiski, with her daughter and friends at her bedside. She was 71.

A celebration of life will be held in the spring at the laundromat in the Nikiski Village Mobile Home Park. Her ashes will be scattered in the meadow behind her home.

Mrs. Kennedy was born June 19, 1932, in Enid, Okla. She came to Alaska in 1976 to teach in the Bush and was affectionately known to her students and friends as "Mrs. K." She spent most of her 12 teaching years in the villages of Scammon Bay, Sheldon Point and Kongiganak, which are on the Yukon.

"Mrs. K will be missed," her family said.

Upon retirement in 1987, Mrs. Kennedy and her ex-husband bought Nikiski Village Mobile Home Park. After her divorce and the sale of the mobile home part in 1996, she moved to Anchorage. She and her daughter, Wenda Kennedy, resumed ownership of the park in 1999.

Mrs. Kennedy's dream since 1987 was to build a laundromat in the park for tenants and the public. Her daughter finished the facility and the grand opening was in progress the day Mrs. Kennedy died.

Mrs. Kennedy is survived by her daughter, Wenda Kennedy of Nikiski; son, Shane Kennedy, of Iowa; sister, Audrey Pefley of Kansas; brother, Lige Gaylor of Colorado; and grandchildren, Chris and Samantha Kennedy of Iowa.

The family is requesting no flowers.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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