Sharon Lynne Traughber
Longtime Nikiski resident Sharon Lynne Traughber died Sunday Feb. 19, 2006, at home with family by her side, after a prolonged illness. She was 58.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m. at the Nikiski High School Auditorium. James Harris will officiate. Additional services will be held Saturday, May 13, in Emmett, Idaho.
Mrs. Traughber and her twin sister, Shirley, were born June 29, 1947, to Ralph and Beulah Colburn in Stibnite, Idaho. She grew up in Emmett and attended Boise State College in 1965. There she met her husband, George Traughber.
The couple married May 13, 1967. They came to Alaska so Sharon could meet George’s parents and planned to stay for six months. They loved Alaska so much that they never left. They lived in Anchorage until moving to Nikiski in 1975. She went to work for the Kenai Peninsula School District in 1984 as the secretary for Nikiski Elementary School, where she worked until transferring to Nikiski Middle-High School in 1997. She worked at the high school until she retired in 2000.
Mrs. Traughber was an active member of the Nikiski Church of Christ. She also was active in many facets of the community, sitting on many different committees. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, out-fishing her husband on numerous occasions, bird watching, stained glass, playing cards, gardening and combing the beach for agates.
“She Loved her God, her Family and her Church,” her family said. “ She was first to serve, first to speak up and first to catch a fish.”
Mrs. Traughber was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Colburn; and a brother, Phil Colburn.
She is survived be her husband of 38 years, George Traughber of Nikiski; sons and daughter-in-laws, Ty and Michelle Traughber of Eagle River and Tod and Jan Traughber of Searcy, Ark.; daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and Jeff Epperheimer of Nikiski; grandchildren Tayler Traughber of Eagle River, Brayden and Camryn Traughber of Searcy, Ark. and Ashley, Crystal, Bailey and Sidney Epperheimer, all of Nikiski; her mother, Beulah (Himes) Colburn Conrad of Emmett, Idaho; brother and sister-in-law, Gordon and Inez Colburn; sister and brother-in-law, Monette and Clare Baldwin, all of Donnelly, Idaho; and her twin sister, Shirley Benson of Beaverton, Ore.; many other family members; and her church family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be sent in her name to Hospice of the Central Peninsula, P.O. Box 2584, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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