Kasilof resident Shirley M. Mulligan died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 82.
Per her request, no services are planned.
Mrs. Mulligan was born June 26, 1925, in Whitefish, Mont. She grew up in Somers on Flathead Lake. She had a high school education.
She came to Alaska in 1941 on a boat from Seattle. She arrived in Seward, traveled to Anchorage and eventually reached her destination of Kodiak, where she worked in a candy store. She returned to the Lower 48, but never lost her love for Alaska. She was able to return to Alaska for summer visits with her family and she and her husband, Joe, returned to Alaska to live, building a home on the Kasilof River in 2002.
"Shirley stated that she was never leaving Alaska again, that she just really loved it here, especially living on the river. Alaska was always a part of her and she finally made it back," her family said. "Shirley always put others first and no matter what life handed her, she was never one to complain. Shirley was very much loved and will be missed by many."
She loved fishing, reading, baking goodies for her friends, antiques, and had a good story to go with each one of her antiques. She also enjoyed going to lunch with the girls, visiting with her neighbors and going to the gym with her daughter, which she did up until the last few months.
Mrs. Mulligan was preceded in death by her first husband, Leonard Green; sister, Nora Jean Ohmstead; son, Richard Patrick Green; and parents, Leroy and Bonnie Seal.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph R. Mulligan of Kasilof; daughters, Trina M. Doyle and her husband, James H., of Kenai and Andra L. Trevino and her husband, Rey, of Tonasket, Wash.; brother, Leroy "Sunny" Seal of Panama City, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; three nephews; and two nieces.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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