Longtime Alaska resident Thelma L. Isaacs died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage with her family at her side. She was 89.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at 2 p.m. on today, April 6, at the Anchorage Funeral Home, 1800 Dare Ave.
Mrs. Isaacs was born Jan. 21, 1914, in Dill, Okla. She grew up in Drumright Okla., and later married Daniel E. Isaacs in Guthrie Okla., in 1941. They were married for more than 62 years. After World War II, they moved to Richland Wash., where they lived until the spring of 1967 when they moved to Kenai. In 1970, they moved to Anchorage where they resided until her passing.
Mrs. Isaacs often visited with her children and grandchildren in Kenai and enjoyed spending her summers in Cooper Landing, Deep Creek, Ninilchik and Chisik Island, where she accompanied her husband on many fishing trips. She loved people and traveling. She especially enjoyed going to Arizona in the winter and having many visits with family, friends and neighbors while there.
"She will be remembered as a very caring, loving and kind-hearted person. She always offered an invitation for all to 'stick around for dinner.' Thelma will be remembered by everyone who knew her for her great cooking and especially for her famous and delicious cinnamon rolls. Sometimes it would be said at fish camp that 'we didn't catch many fish today, but Thelma sure fed us well,'" her family said.
In April 2000 she was diagnosed with kidney failure due to diabetes. During the following three years she was attended to on a constant basis by her husband in their Anchorage home.
Mrs. Isaacs was preceded in death by her father, Melvin P. Ratliff; her mother, F. Kate Ratliff; baby daughter, Sandra Kay Isaacs; sister, Ruby Mae Ratliff; and brother, Raymond Ratliff.
She is survived by her husband, Daniel E. Isaacs; daughter, Sharon and her husband, John Williams; son, Ronald and wife, Deneice Isaacs; grandchildren, Kippy and husband, Orlando Mena, John Michael and wife, Amy Williams, Debbie and husband, David Harris, Donna Williams and Lynsey, Shawn and Danyel Isaacs; great-grandchildren, Marcus and Morgan Mena, Tyler, Kelsey and Ryan Williams and Duncan and Derrek Harris; sister, Erma O'Hare; brother-in-law, Norris Isaacs; sisters-in-law, Genevieve Prinster, Avis Richter and Margarett Swanson; and numerous nieces, nephews and special friends.
Arrangements were made by Anchorage Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
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