Jean S. Earl


Posted: Friday, June 29, 2007


  Jean S. Earl

Jean S. Earl

Nikiski resident Jean S. Earl died Sunday, June 24, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 82.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at the Nikiski Senior Center on Island Lake Road. Pastor Harold Lewis of Port Nikiski Baptist Church will officiate. Additional memorial services will be Saturday, July 7, at All Saints Episcopal Church, 4033 SE Woodstock in Portland, Ore.

Mrs. Earl was born Mar. 20, 1925 in Grangeville, Idaho to Rubin and Ona Hall, and was adopted at the age of 6 by Margaret Sweet, the first single woman to adopt a child in Idaho. Mrs. Earl graduated from high school and attended college more than two years. She married Oliver Earl in Lewiston, Idaho in 1949, and they lived on the family homestead on the Snake River until moving to Portland in 1961. After their children were grown, they retired and spent their summers in Portland and winters in Mexico.

They moved to Alaska in 1988 and lived out their remaining years on Daniels Lake in Nikiski near their son, John.

Mrs. Earl enjoyed reading, quilting, sewing, gardening and story writing. She especially enjoyed children and had many fond memories of their children growing up and others she met throughout her life.

She is survived by her sons, Larry E. Earl of Portland, Ore., Christopher W. Earl of Mill Valley, Calif., James E. Earl of Portland, Ore., and John M. Earl of Nikiski; daughter, Mary M. Earl of Portland; brother, Ben Shropshire of Yakima, Wash.; sister, Elaine Hougar of Creston, Wash.; grandchildren, Joel C. Earl of Portland, Leslie Earl of California, Joshua Monda of Portland, Jefferson Earl of Anchorage, Larry O. Earl of Portland, and April Avants-Earl of Portland; and great-grandchild, Damien Earl of Portland.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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