Funny River area resident Marlyn JoAnne Roche died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, at Providence Seward Medical Center. She was 70.
A service in her honor will be held at a later date.
Mrs. Roche was born, Nov. 4, 1938, in Sioux City, Iowa. She graduated high school and later obtained her nursing degree. She retired from nursing in 1960. She moved to Alaska in September 1994.
She was a member of the Funny River Ladies Sewing Club, volunteered at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and helped with Funny River Days and supported different Alaska State Trooper fundraising events. She enjoyed playing bingo, visiting with friends and playing with her great-grandkids.
"She was one of the strongest women I ever met. She loved her family unconditionally and was confident enough that she never had to impress anyone," said her son Larry.
"Mom was always my strength through good and bad times and was my bingo buddy," said her daughter Julie.
"Mom was my best friend. She always said she would write a book called, "What I Heard at My Dining Room Table." Mom will be greatly missed by those who knew her. She has blessed us all in one way or another," said her daughter Michelle.
Mrs. Roche was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick Roche; parents; two sisters, and a brother.
She is survived by son, Larry Cummins and his wife, Rhonda, of Bonney Lake, Wash.; daughters, Michelle L. Edlin, of Seward and Julie R. Roche, of Seward; grandchildren, Patrick Roche, of Kenai, Rebecca L. Edlin and Jessica R. Roche, both of Seward, Ely T. Roche, of Homer and Michael R. Roche, of Anchorage; great-grandsons, Matthew T. Kamalu-Edlin and Brandon A. Edlin, both of Seward; significant other, Dennis O'Neil of Soldotna; brothers, Donald McElwain, of Hoodsport, Wash., and Jon McElwain, of Modesto, Calif.; sisters, Mikki Walters and Diane Akers, both of Seattle.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations be sent to them at P.O. Box 3092, Seward, AK 99664.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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