Longtime Alaskan and Kenai and Soldotna area resident Hortense A. Crowder, 85, died Sunday, July 4, 2010, at Heritage Place in Soldotna.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, July 9, at the Eagles Club on the Kenai Spur Highway.
Mrs. Crowder was born Oct. 4, 1924, in Big Sandy, Texas, She was a high school graduate. She moved to Alaska in the summer 1965. She lived in Anchorage, Homer, Kenai and Soldotna. She held numerous jobs from drafting to waitressing. She also was a sales clerk and worked at the cannery in Homer in the early 1970s.
Mrs. Crowder was a charter member of the Kenai Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the SKWBA Bowler's Hall of Fame and the Emblem Club of Homer.
She loved playing bingo, bowling and spending time with her family.
"Our mom was always there for us no matter what. She helped us with whatever we needed, offered advice and lectured when she thought it was necessary, even though we may disagree. She loved life and her friends especially if they bowled or played bingo. She loved her grandchildren and their children and just lit up when they came to see her or when she visited them. She loved to laugh and she will be greatly missed by all of us," her family said.
Mrs. Crowder was preceded in death by her husband, Richard "Dick" Crowder; parents, Rona and Nannie Baker; sister, Helen; brothers, Harold and Lloy;, son-in-law, Howard "Leroy" Anderson; and great-granddaughter, Kelcee Rae Bass.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara "Bobbi" Anderson of Kenai; sons, Gary Crowder of Anchorage, and Buddy Crowder and his wife, Lisa of Kenai; sister, Nannette Carlton of Bernie, Texas; brother, Herbert Baker of Garland, Texas; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial donations may be sent to Heritage Place, 232 W. Rockwell Ave., Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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