Kenai resident Eloise Hershberger died unexpectedly of natural causes in an Indio, Calif., hospital on Friday, March 16, 2001. She was 68.
Funeral services were held March 22 in Nampa, Idaho. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Port Nikiski in Nikiski.
Mrs. Hershberger was born Sept. 5, 1932, in Kuna, Idaho, to Oliver and Ernestine Marshall. She was reared and educated in Nampa and graduated from Nampa High School in 1950. She attended Idaho State University in Pocatello for one year. She married Fred. W. Hershberger on Aug. 12, 1951, in Nampa. They would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this year.
The family moved to Alaska in 1962, where they raised their four children. She resided in the Kenai area for 40 years and retired from Phillips Petroleum in 1994 after 20 years of service as an executive secretary. In previous years, she also worked for Wien Airlines, Western Airlines and the Kenai Health Center. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Port Nikiski for 35 years.
Mrs. Hershberger had many talents and varied interests. She loved to travel, raise and work with flowers and had several collections including dolls, dishes, glassware, figurines and plants. After retirement, she discovered a hidden love and talent for quilting and won numerous awards for her quilts in local shows.
"Eloise loved to watch the wildlife and changing of seasons at her lakeside home. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy and her greatest satisfaction was watching them perform in various sports and activities," her family said.
"She was a fantastic cook and delighted in creating her own special recipes for family and church gatherings. She will leave a large void in the lives of her many family members in Idaho and Alaska and the many community members whose lives she touched. She was a blessing to her family and will be remembered for her compassion and encouraging nature."
Mrs. Hershberger was preceded in death by her parents and one grandson.
She is survived by her husband, Fred; son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Pam Hershberger of Kenai; daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Terry Best of Nikiski; son, Glen Hershberger of Kenai; son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Melinda Hershberger of Soldotna; grandchildren Casey, Cory, Marie and Brett Hershberger and Mandy and Megan Best; brother and sister-in-law, Ken and Helen Marshall of Twin Falls, Idaho; sister and brother-in-law, Lorene and Gerald Guentz of Nampa; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Alaska Chapter, 511 W. 41st Ave., Anchorage, AK 99503.
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