Anchorage resident Shelia Anne Nikolas and her son, Skylar, died Sunday, March 4, 2001, as a result of an automobile collision at Mile 63 of the Seward Highway. She was 36. He was 6.
Memorial services for Shelia were held held Saturday at Immanuel Baptist Church in Kenai. Pastor Ray Boutwell officiated. Services for her son are pending.
Ms. Nikolas was born Dec. 22, 1964, in Sioux Falls, S. D., and had been a resident of Alaska since 1968. She had lived in Kenai before moving to Anchorage.
"Shelia was an adventurous spirit in the wilderness of life. She loved nature and all of its bounties. She raised dogs and rabbits for show, volunteered at a veterinary clinic and took wounded animals under her wing. Barrel racing, taxidermy and sled dog racing were just a few challenging experiences she dove into.
"Shelia was a songwriter and had the soul of a poet. Motorcycles, horses and strumming a guitar were next best things to her animals. She was a dramatic spirit, sympathetic toward people, and parented with both these qualities.
"The arrival of holidays was always a major event in her household. The boys and herself would decorate extensively, bringing the seasons to life. More important to Shelia than life itself, was the experience of living it. She would say to us all, 'If you can't remember me with laughter, then don't remember me at all,'" her family said.
She is survived by her sons, Alexx, Travis, and Garrett of Kasilof; mother, Joyce Stack of Florida; and sisters, Tiffany Foust of Kenai, and Angela Burger of Kasilof.
Donations are being accepted at National Bank of Alaska under the Nikolas Family Fund, account No. 2102177157.
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