Longtime Nikiski resident Marylin I. Tanner died Saturday, June 19, 2004, at her home of cancer with her family by her side. She was 53.
An informal open house gathering of friends and family will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at the Tanner residence in Nikiski.
Mrs. Tanner was born Jan. 24, 1951, in Salina, Kan. She was a homestead girl who moved to Alaska in 1956 at the age of 5. Until she was 19, she packed wood, hauled water, cooked and cared for her younger brothers and sister. Being the oldest child, she was expected to do most the work around the house. She then married and had four children two boys and two girls.
Most remember Mrs. Tanner from her days waitressing at several restaurants in the Kenai-Soldotna area. She also is remembered from when she owned her own deli and catering business in Nikiski. One adventure took her to Coldfoot, where she was a waitress and bartender for several years. This also allowed her to fulfill one of her lifelong dreams, which was becoming a truck driver, as her dad was. She got her CDL and learned to drive on the haul road.
"Marylin made friends easily and with her quick smile and great sense of humor, could always make you laugh. One of her greatest qualities was the positive, happy and carefree attitude she always had," her family said.
Mrs. Tanner enjoyed cooking and most of her recipes are published on a local Web site. She loved sewing and her great passion in life was gardening. She also enjoyed scrap-booking and quilting.
"If it was a motorcycle trip, snowmachine trip or hunting, she was ready to go, no matter how cold, wet or uncomfortable the conditions were. She never whined or had a bad word to say. Such a loving person was taken from us much too soon and may God give her peace and may she know that all the lives she touched are forever grateful," her family said.
Mrs. Tanner was preceded in death by her mother, Nancy Mapes; father, James Earl Boone; and grandson, Sky Brooks.
She is survived by her husband, Steve Tanner of Nikiski; daughter, Destiny Ables of Kenai; sons and daughters in-law, John and Kim Brooks of Kenai and Jimmy and Melissa Brooks of Anchorage; daughter and son in-law, Melody and Joe Luze of Kenai; brothers and sisters in-law, Bobby and Mary Grenier of Soldotna and Daniel and Valerie Boone of Chitna; sister, Laura Landess of Calgary, Canada; nine grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Tanner's memory to the American Cancer Society, 1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Anchorage, AK 99503.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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