Soldotna resident Katayoun Zakikhani died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna from complications of cancer. She was 50.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Kenai ward at 609 Forest Lane in Kenai. Bishop Robert Grant will officiate.
Ms. Katayoun was born Aug. 19, 1956, in Fullerton, Calif., to John and Geraldine Richards. She was the oldest of three girls and the daughter of a master sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. She became a resident of Alaska in 1997 and lived in Soldotna, Kasilof and Anchorage. She had various jobs and was most proud of her network directing through a local sheltering program. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church.
“She was the fighter of all fighters. My mom died February 8, 2007, at around 11 a.m., I miss her a lot, she lived a full life of hills and she was a very strong spirited woman and never took no for an answer. She put her kids first and gave them whatever they needed. She worked a lot so that we could have all the things needed. She was the network director for a local shelter. She loved to help people; it was her life long goal. She used to say, ‘Never doubt a small group of committed people, they can change the world.’ She taught us all to always be strong and never give up on anything. She had five children, three boys and two girls. She always told us how proud she was of us. She loved horses and loved the little things in life, like the northern lights dancing across the Alaskan sky. She loved it here and lost a long fight with cancer. Her memories will never die in the hearts of all that were close to her. Instead of mourning the loss of a great woman, we should celebrate the life that she lived. Her true love was horses, but loved all kinds of animals,” her family said.
She is preceded in death by her mother.
She is survived by daughters, Erika Smith of Portland, Ore., and Sahar Stonecipher of Kenai; sons, Maziar Zakikhani of San Diego and Damian Collum of Kenai; son in-law, Nathon Stonecipher of Kenai; and grandson, Ashton Stonecipher of Kenai.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations may be sent to Sahar Stonecipher, 2614 Redoubt Ave Apt. No. 3 Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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