Geraldine (Geri) Boye
Longtime Nikiski resident Geraldine "Geri" Boye died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at her home from cancer. She was 87.
A family potluck was held with food and singing. Burial was at McGahan Cemetery in Nikiski.
Mrs. Boye was born on April 27, 1917, in Vinton, Iowa. When she was 3, the family moved to Lankershim, Calif., among the peach orchards that is now North Hollywood. She graduated from North Hollywood High in May 1934 and married Harold Boye that same year on Dec. 31. He had just returned from serving with the Merchant Marines in China.
They raised their family in Van Nuys, Calif. When Harold joined the Navy after Pearl Harbor was attacked and was gone for several years, Mrs. Boye worked in an ammunitions factory. Later, she went to work at the North Hollywood Post Office, where her husband also worked, and worked there for many years. She also was a professional singer.
After retirement they moved to Lynden, Wash. When her husband died, Mrs. Boye moved to Alaska to be near her daughters and grandchildren. She lived in Nikiski for 25 years.
Mrs. Boye volunteered at Central Peninsula General Hospital for many years and made many friends.
"No matter if it was a white-out, if it was her day, she went," her family said.
Her hobbies were walking, singing and reading.
"Mom was fun to be with and was always ready for an adventure. She loved music, and we loved hearing her beautiful soprano voice. Imagine the heavenly choir she's singing with now," her family said.
"She was known in Nikiski as the lady who walked every day. Even in her 80s, she walked 5 or 6 miles a day on the North Road. In the winter, she walked at the high school or the local health club and got to know many people that way. Our mom and grandma was a special lady. And she was always a lady! She attended Peninsula Bible Fellowship for 22 years and loved her church, but more than anything, she loved Jesus Christ, and his love shined through her every day. Her faith never wavered and God brought her through this illness with no pain. It was a miracle for which we will be forever grateful.
"Her loss will leave a huge void in our lives and we will miss her terribly, but we know there was rejoicing in heaven when she arrived."
Mrs. Boye was preceded in death by her husband, Harold J. Boye; and her grandson, Steven Edwards.
She is survived by her daughters and son-in-laws, Cheryl and Clark Whitney of Soldotna and Karen and Richard McGahan of Nikiski; grandchildren, Kara and Perry Rowe of Grand Junction, Colo., and Terry and Alesia McGahan, Geri Kay and Mike Litzen, Rich and Monica McGahan and Leah and Tony Jackson, all of Nikiski; and great-grandchildren, Kelsey and Steven Rowe of Grand Junction and Tiana, Erica and Richele McGahan, Lex, Chena and Penelope Litzen, Jimmy and Tessa McGahan and Celina, Sullivan, Oliver and Evelyn Jackson, all of Nikiski.
Memorial donations may be made to Cook Inlet Academy, 45872 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
Kenai-Soldotna resident Jim Thomason died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, in Phoenix. He was 64.
Funeral arrangements are pending with Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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