Soldotna resident Zola Louise Rheuby died Saturday, March 18, 2000, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 83.
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, at Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof. Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Kenai Bible Church. Pastors Ed Perry and Bob Lee will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Peninsula Memorial Chapels in Kenai.
Mrs. Rheuby was born Dec. 13, 1916, in Emmett, Idaho, to Arthur and Mary Henderson. She was raised and educated there also. In 1936, she married James Coon in Idaho. Before moving to Alaska in 1962, she was a beautician. After moving to Alaska, the couple made their home in Anchorage. She owned and operated Alyeska Candy Kitchen from 1962 to 1973. She also worked in Anchorage School District offices.
In 1980, the couple moved to Soldotna. Mr. Coon died in September 1981. Mrs. Rheuby worked at Arctic Bible Institute as a cook for two years and moved to Wasilla in 1984.
She married John Rheuby in Palmer, March 3, 1984. They lived in Wasilla until returning to Soldotna in 1988.
She was a member of Kenai Bible Church. She enjoyed making rugs, cooking and flowers.
"She was a very friendly and loving person. She had a tremendous faith in God. She also enjoyed telling jokes and having people in her home. Anybody she came in contact with was loved with open arms. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother," the family said.
She was preceded in death by her first husband and sisters, Lorraine Merritt, Anna Long and Ruth Looney.
Survivors include her husband of 16 years, John Rheuby of Soldotna; son and daughter-in-law James D. and Dewetta Coon of Salem, Ore.; daughters and sons-in-law, Hazel and Tom Jennings of Columbia, Mo., Alta and Richard Dallons of Penn Valley, Calif., Betty and Chuck Obendorf of Soldotna; 15 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren; sister, Doris Raynor of Emmett; and a beloved sister-in-law Catherine Evans of Boise, Idaho.
Memorial donations may be made to Interact Ministries, 31000 S. E. Kelso Road, Boring, Ore. 97009 or Kenai Bible Church, P.O. Box 176, Kenai, AK 99611
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapels.
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