Former Soldotna resident Ann C. Wilson died Tuesday, June 9, 2009, in Portland, Ore., of lymphoma. She was 48.
Memorial events are planned in St. Louis, Mo., Portland, Guam and at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Art Works in Soldotna. A community potluck, mini-music fest, art exhibit and art creation in her honor are planned. All are welcome. Call 262-1777 for more information.
Ms. Wilson was born July 28, 1960, in St. Louis, Mo., and was the seventh of 10 children.
She was an artist and taught art in Guam at Inarangan Middle School, at Kenai Middle School and at Soldotna High School.
"Ann was a lifelong seeker and adventurer, and freely shared her skills wherever she lived. The various communities Ann lived in always benefited from the graceful sharing of her time and expertise," said her family. "She traveled throughout the world and made friends wherever she went. Including her birth place of Missouri and numerous U.S. states, Ann also lived in England, Guam, Alaska and Portland."
"She was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma in April 2005. Rather than focusing solely on herself and fighting cancer, she moved to Oregon and began an intense master's program in art therapy at Marylhurst University in Lake Oswego, where she devoted a significant amount of time to helping others," said her friends. "She received her degree in May 2009, just weeks before her passing on June 9. Ann's bout with lymphoma was never easy but she faced her situation and treatments with hope, love and courage. Ann asked that her family and friends not mourn her; rather that we celebrate her life with joy. She found great strength in ECKANKAR, her spiritual path. She loved life, nature, and art."
Ms. Wilson is survived by her parents, Catherine Wilson of Florissant, Mo., and Paul Wilson of Fredericktown, Mo.; eight siblings; and many nieces and nephews.
The family suggests that memorial donations be directed to Luke-Dorf, where she interned at www.luke-dorf.org, The leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Oregon chapter at www.lls.org and The Hopewell House at www.legacyhealth.org/hopewell.
Arrangements were made by the Neptune Society in Oregon.
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