Longtime Kenai resident, Mary L. Diaz died peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010 at Providence Extended Care, surrounded by family after a battle with brain cancer. She was 84.
A celebration of life will be announced at later date. A private graveside service will be held later this year.
Ms. Diaz was born Feb. 2, 1926 in Atlantic Pennsylvania to John and Mary Kozenko. She was an only child.
She was a devoted wife and caregiver to her husband, Jesse Diaz, and children.
Her family writes that Ms. Diaz was mischievous and notoriously known in the community; she was loved and cherished by many. Her sense of humor always brought a smile but you knew when she gave you that glance and a wink she was just the canary who ate the cat.
Her generous nature and kindness were just a few of her many special qualities but she will remembered most for her quick wit and clich's.
"She had a passion for reading, dogs, gardening, sewing, knitting, cross stitch and those darn rippies, oh and lets not forget to mention her indulgence of 'spirits,'" her family said. " Special thanks to Leda Taradonova, Bonnie Mahan, Sophia Grabowski, Joe Brancatelli and Steve Peck for their friendship and support through the years."
Ms. Diaz was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother-in-law Jose "Pepe" Diaz; and grandson David Folk.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Jerome and Linda Wright and grandson Jonathan Wright, of Folsom, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law Sheralyn and Clifford Folk of Kingsland, Ga.; daughter Nona Diaz of Anchorage; grandaughter Jessyka Diaz of Seattle; son and daughter-in-law Alvin and Susan Diaz and grandsons Billy and TJ Soares, Anthony, Dante and Austin Diaz, grandaughter and husband Ashley and Matt Purcell, and great-grandsons Jackson and Ryland Purcell, all of Kenai; son Dante David Diaz of Honolulu; stepdaughter Nora Diaz and granddaughter Leanna Hernandez of Anchorage; sister-in-law Margarita Diaz, niece Elena Diaz and great-nephew Jack Sullenger of Nikiski; and brother-in-law Dante M. Diaz and wife Royallene Diaz, nieces Leonor and Vickie Diaz and great-nieces Danie and Taylor Diaz, all of Jacksonville, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Legion, Post 20, Kenai, Alaska in support of our troops.
The family may be contacted via Alvin and Sue Diaz at the Kenai American Legion.
Arrangements were made by Legacy Funeral Homes and Cremation Services -- Witzleben Bragaw Chapel.
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