Dorothy Edna Emerton


Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2006


  Dorothy Edna Emerton

Dorothy Edna Emerton

Longtime Alaska and Soldotna resident Dorothy Edna Emerton died Sunday, May 7, 2006, from cancer at her home in Funny River. She was 78.

No services will be held, per her request. Her ashes will be scattered on the family property on the Kenai River.

Mrs. Emerton was born May 6, 1928, to Wallace and Goldie (Young) Bondurant in Rapeljie, Mont. They moved to Washington in 1934 and lived in Hoquiam and Aberdeen. She met her husband, Howard Emerton, while working at Safeway in 1946. Sometime after that, she moved to Yakima with her family, and Howard went to Alaska. Howard returned to Washington and they were married Dec. 27, 1951. They moved to Alaska in 1952.

Motivated by the 1964 earthquake, the family got involved in the Civil Air Patrol in 1966. Mrs. Emerton remained an active member through the years until she retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2004. She worked for the family gold nugget jewelry manufacturing business as a bench jeweler and salesperson from the early 1970s until 1979. She remained in the jewelry business until the mid-1980s.

Mrs. Emerton served on the Funny River Chamber of Commerce, the board of directors with the Kenai River Property Owners Association and was a member of the Funny River Community Lutheran Church. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed making crafts and custom chairs for friends and family, playing cards, bingo, traveling and fishing on the Kenai River with all her friends.

“Mom was a very gifted person. She had many talents and was not afraid of a challenge. She will be remembered fondly and dearly missed by all who loved her and knew her. She was truly an Alaska pioneer in all senses of the word,” the family said.

Mrs. Emerton was preceded in death by her parents, Wallace and Goldie Bondurant; husband, Howard Emerton; and brothers, Warren Roberts, Lee Bondurant and Wallace Bondurant Jr.

She is survived by her sons, Steve Emerton of Funny River, Larry Emerton of Anchorage and Dave and his wife, Diane Emerton, of Anchorage; grandsons, Rory and Austin Emerton of Anchorage; sisters, Rosemary Cyr of Yakima, Wash., and Nikki Menconi of Bremerton, Wash; and brother, Bill Bondurant of Yakima.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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