Kenai resident Helene M. Rust died Thursday, April 1, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 79.
A viewing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, April 5, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. At her request, she will be cremated following the viewing. Her ashes will be scattered in Cook Inlet, to be with her late husband, George.
Mrs. Rust was born March 18, 1925, in Astoria, Ore. She came to Alaska for the first time in 1947, living in Fairbanks. She moved back to Alaska in the late 1960s. She lived in Adak from 1975-77. She did mail delivery and worked at the Blue Grouse Drive Inn. She also was a bus monitor for Laidlaw from 1993 to 1994.
Mrs. Rust enjoyed bingo, Peninsula Oiler's baseball, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also was involved in darts in past years.
"Mother was of few words and spoke her mind. She liked everyone and never considered moving out of Alaska. She has more friends than anyone could count. She was loved by all and will be missed everyday," said her son Ron.
Mrs. Rust was preceded in death by her husband, George F. Rust; and her parents, Hartwig John and Ellen Danielson.
She is survived by her sons, Donald Rust and his wife, Kelly Rust, and Ronald Rust, all of Kenai; former daughter-in-law, Kathy Watson of Kenai; grandchildren, Roni Sue Lindsay and family of Puyallup, Wash., Richard Sellstedt and family of California, Ronald R. Rust Jr. and David A. Rust, both of Anchorage, Mike A. Rust, Daniel J. Rust, Chelaine H. Rust and Denise H. Rust, all of Kenai; five great-grandchildren of Washington and Hawaii; brother, Arnet Danielson and his wife, Ines, of Cathlamet, Wash.; nieces, Georgia Berry and family of Anchorage, Karen Jorgensen of Michigan, Susan Hanson and family of California, Donna Hoffman and family of Tacoma, Wash., Lorrie Snyder and family of Federal Way, Wash., Sandy Fielden, Marta Grover and the Aggies family of California and Cindy Chesley of Fairbanks; nephews, Raymond Danielson of Cathlamet, Mike Rust and family of Palbo, Wash., Jay Rust of Idaho, Larry Chesley and Frank Berry of Fairbanks; brother-in-law, Floyd Cox of Michigan; and sister-in-law, June Siders of Anchorage.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Peninsula Oiler's Baseball Team.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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