Wilma Ailene Lind


Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2006

Seward resident Wilma Ailene Lind died at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage on Wednesday, June 7, 2006. She was 96.

A memorial service will be held at Resurrection Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 2.

Mrs. Lind was born December 18, 1909, on a farm near Westmoreland, Kan., the second daughter of Wilbur and Laura Laughlin. She, along with her mother and three sisters, arrived in Seward on an Alaska steamship on July 24, 1926, to join her father. In 1928, she and Swan Lind, an immigrant from Lulea, Sweden, eloped to Seattle where they were married on May 1. After living briefly in Juneau, they returned to Seward, where she resided until her death.

Predominantly a homemaker, she worked in a sawmill and a soda fountain before her marriage. In the 1930s she and her husband hand-cut ties for the Alaska Railroad and had a small truck farm, selling eggs, berries and produce. Alaska Nellie and Brown and Hawkins were two of her customers. After the death of her husband in 1953, she did baby-sitting and fished a setnet site on the Nikiski beach.

“Wilma will be fondly remembered by family and friends as an avid gardener who loved to share her plants, and as a collector of ‘hens on nests’ which began with the purchase of one at a library auction years ago and grew to a flock of nearly 300 hens. Among her other interests were quilting, Scrabble, crossword puzzles, smoking salmon and preserving the produce from her garden. Her home is a treasure trove of Seward history, through newspaper clippings and pictures,” her family wrote.

Mrs. Lind was a member of Women’s Igloo No. 9 Pioneers of Alaska and the Rebekah Lodge.

Mrs. Lind is survived by her children and their spouses, Joanne (Jack) Hoogland, Jeanette Wright and Ron (Val) Lind; grandchildren and their spouses, Kenneth (Robin) Wright, Glenn (Christine) Wright, Suzanne (Rich) Loprete, Teresa (Mark) Gustray, Rick (Robin) Hoogland, Dale (Justyne) Hoogland, Carol (Jay) Thomassen, and Cari Rose; 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family requests no flowers; rather that people plant a perennial in their yard and think of Mrs. Lind whenever they look at it. Memorials may be sent to Resurrection Lutheran Church, Box 35, Seward, AK 99664.

Arrangements were made by the Anchorage Funeral Home and Crematory.

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