Thelma Hope Gordon

Posted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Longtime Homer resident, Mrs. Thelma Hope Gordon, 98, died Sunday, April 11, 2010, at her home in Homer with her family by her side.

Thelma Hope Gordon

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at The Christian Community Church 3838 Bartlett Street in Homer. Thelma's burial will follow the services at Hickerson Cemetery on Diamond Ridge in Homer. Pastor Ray Arno will officiate. Pallbearers include Doug Gordon, Kenneth Farnen, Steve Tutt, Jeff Erickson, Dave Durham and Jim Jensen and honorable pallbearers will include Nate Farnen and Dan Eiden.

Mrs. Gordon was born May 15, 1911, to Edward and Annie (Guptill) Pratt in on a farm in Minnesota. She graduated from Paynesville High School. In 1936, she moved to Homer with her family. Thelma and her husband were the owner and operators of the Heady Hotel (Heritage Hotel) for a number of years. She originally came to Homer to Fox Farm with her husband, Harris and brother, Sam Pratt. She was a charter member of the Christian Community Church in Homer. She was also a member Pioneers of Alaska. Thelma loved gardening, flowers, jigsaw puzzles, reading, needlework, music, traveling, and her family.

"Thelma married Harris in 1931 on her family's farm in Minnesota after only knowing him for 3 weeks and thought she was going to move to the bright lights of Fullerton, California where he was from. After 5 years, Harris moved them to the end of the road in Homer due to his asthma; there she was stuck with her high heels, hats and matching purses and three toddlers," her family said. "She fought bears, milked cows, put up the hay and picked coal off the beach and had one child in Seldovia, for that was the nearest place with a midwife. Thelma hated Alaska as there were no lights and no neighbors, but her love for the Lord and her children wouldn't stop her from starting a Sunday school with another woman, which eventually became the Christian Community Church. Her attitude continued to change as she had grandchildren and was able to travel frequently, so then she resigned herself to her fate and lived happily with the love of her life. They were married 70 years before Harris passed away."

Mrs. Gordon was preceded in death by her husband; daughter and son in-law, Joyce and Larry Farnen; son in-law, Richard Ithal; and grandson, Jace Erickson.

She is survived by her daughters, Sherry Ithal of Anchorage, and Joan Edens and her husband, Brant, of Homer; son, Galen Gordon and his wife, Arlene of Homer; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Flowers can be sent to the church, 3838 Bartlett Street in Homer before 1 p.m. Thursday, April 15 or memorial donations may be made in memory of Thelma to the Alaska Village Missions, 1295 Mission Rd. Homer, AK 99603 or the Homer Friendship Center 3935 Svedlund Street Homer, AK 99603.

Arrangements made by The Homer Funeral Home.

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