Longtime Soldotna resident Mary Agnes Miller died Monday, June 16, 2008, at Agape' Care Center in Soldotna. She was 89.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at the Kalifonsky Christian Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Pastor Charles Pribbenow will officiate. Her cremated remains will be scattered on her old homestead at a later date.
Mrs. Miller was born August 31, 1918, to John and Gladys Richie in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She moved to Alaska and became a resident in the early 1950s. She worked as an accountant and tax preparer for many years. She retired in Soldotna and was a member of the Kalifonsky Christian Center and an honorary lifetime member of the Soldotna Lions Club.
"She was a wonderful loving sister, easy going and a good artist. She was a hard working wife," her sister, Doris Sutton, said.
"Mary spent the last years of her life living with and as a part of the Duncan family. David, Sarah, and Aubrey considered her grandmother to the family and her time with us was a rare gift of love. She enjoyed bowling, painting, was an avid birdwatcher, and at one time was recognized by the Audubon Society as the leading authority on Alaskan birds," said the Duncans, owners of the care center.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Eugene Smith; second husband, Ira Miller; sister, Peggy Park; and brother John Richie.
She is survived by her sister, Doris Sutton of Athabasca, Alberta; nieces, Joan Porter and family of Fort Assiniboine, Alberta, Judy Lewis and family of Edmonton, Barb Rooke and family of Ft. Saint James, B.C.; nephew, Kenneth Sutton and family of Calling Lake, Alberta; brother-in-law, James Park and family of Wainwright, Alberta; sister-in-law, Marita Richie of Ft. Saskatchewan, Alberta; and step-children, Melody, Cindy and Paul Miller.
In lieu of cut flowers, the family requests that perennial flowers be sent to Agape' Care Center at 36360 Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna, next to Alaska Bolt and Chain on the Kenai Spur Highway. The flowers will be planted around her memorial bench at Agape' Care Center.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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