Longtime Soldotna resident Elizabeth "Liz" Vlasta (Blinka) Mize died with her family at her side on Wednesday, March 1, 2000, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 81.
At her request, no memorial services will be held for Mrs. Mize. Her cremains will be scattered over Cook Inlet and Mount Redoubt.
Mrs. Mize was born June 25, 1918, in Taylor, Texas, and then attended public school in Alice, Texas. She continued her education by attending business college in Corpus Christi, Texas. She moved to Alaska on June 21, 1961.
She was a former co-owner of Thunderbird Machine and Welding in Soldotna, as well as a former co-owner of Sky Bowl Restaurant in Soldotna. She worked as a special education school bus driver until retiring in 1988. Mrs. Mize was a member of the First Baptist Church of Soldotna and the Order of Eastern Star and Amaranth. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and cake decorating for special occasions.
According to the family, "Liz was number nine from a family of 10 siblings. She always enjoyed family get-togethers, and there was plenty of room at her table for friends of children or grandchildren or any extended family members who happened to drop by. 'The more the merrier,' she would say.
"In all her years in Alaska, she never got over the awesome beauty of this great state, and if you said, 'Let's go for a ride,' Liz would be the first one in the car. Liz was a very loving, giving person, and a friend to all she met in her travels."
Mrs. Mize was preceded in death by her son, Samuel A. Mize; father Paul Mize, Sr.; mother Vera Blinka Mize; brothers Charles, Paul, Mac, Jerry and Joe Mize; sisters Vera Barton, Lydia Wyatt and Rose Lee Blinka.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Jack E. and Barbara Marie Mize of Soldotna; son Donald F. Mize of Soldotna; daughter Patricia A. Leach of Soldotna; grandson and granddaughter-in-law Patrick and Mary A. Mize of Soldotna; granddaughter and grandson-in-law Audra R. and Curtis Winsmann of Humble, Texas; grandsons Donald Mize and Sammie Mize, both of Texas, James J. Leach of Soldotna; sister H.O. "Pete" Jackson of Kingsville, Texas; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and a large extended family in Alaska, Texas and the rest of the Lower 48, and longtime friend Carole Solheim of Anchorage.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Kenai-Soldotna Shrine Club Building Fund, P.O. Box 132 Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapels.
Victor P. Hall
Victor P. Hall of Hong Kong died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, in a Sacramento, Calif., hospital. He was 59.
Funeral services were held on Feb. 29, 2000, at Redwood Chapel in Redwood City, Calif.
Mr. Hall recently began work as a technical writer, communications specialist and voice cue specialist.
His family said, "He was an avid reader and a lifelong learner. He enjoyed adventure travel and had a strong personal involvement in international Christian mission work."
Mr. Hall is survived by Janice K. Kroelinger-Hall, his wife of 24 years; daughters Kim Ferrari of Burlingame, Calif., Lisa Senter of Fair Oaks, Calif., and Rachel Thorpe of Soldotna; brothers Robert Hall of Los Angeles, Calif., and William Hall of St. Louis, Mo.; sisters Anna Martha Jones of Albany, N.Y., and Betty Bennett of Seattle, Wash.; and eight grandchildren, Evan and Eric Senter and Winston, Dean, Jacklyn, Gabriella, Donovan and Paul Ferrari.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to the Nairobi Mission Fund, Mann International, P.O. Box 3507 Redwood City, CA 94064, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements were made by the Woodside Chapel of Crippen & Flynn in Redwood City.
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