Lifelong Alaskan and Kenai resident Constance Oozevaseuk Wilson died Monday, July 11, 2005, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 52.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 16, at the American Legion Post No. 20 in Kenai. The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 20 and Jeremy Schimmel will officiate. A reception will immediately follow the services at Legion Hall.
Mrs. Wilson was born Aug. 24, 1952, to Glen and Estelle (Silook) Oozevaseuk in Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, where she was raised. She graduated from the Beltz High School in 1971 as valedictorian. Mrs. Wilson also was a member of the cheerleader squad for four years. She was a devoted stay-at-home mom and housewife.
She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 20 and of the Moose Lodge in Kenai. She enjoyed crocheting, embroidering, clam digging, smoking fish, cooking for others, visiting and being with her family.
"We were the richest people on this earth because we had her in our lives ... laughter and happiness, pain and suffering. She gave all of herself, good and bad, and we loved her for it. We will miss her immensely. Gramma was always fun. Gramma always had fun with me. I always had fun with Gramma. I miss her little, cute smile, don't you?" her family said.
Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her father, Glen Oozevaseuk; brother, Burt Oozevaseuk; eldest sister, Eva Tungiyan; and youngest sister, Francine Oozevaseuk.
She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Russell J. Wilson Sr. of Kenai; daughters, Rene "Bunzoi" Wilson Schimmel, Russelle "Wiya" Wilson and RaeAnn "Chunky" Wilson, all of Kenai; son, Russell "BoyBoy" Wilson Jr. of Kenai; son-in-law, Jeremy Schimmel of Philadelphia; grandson, "Baby Sam" Schimmel of Kenai; mother, Estelle "Apa" Oozevaseuk of Gambell; mother-in-law, Fiocla "Granny" Wilson of Kenai; brothers and sisters, Delbert, Gordon, Malcolm, Ray, Edythe, Delia and Sharon, all of Gambell, and Coby, Little Guy, Phyllis, Kathy, Joyce, Connie and Debbie, all of Kenai; and many nieces, nephews and cousins of Kenai and Gambell.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Wilson's memory to the charity of the donor's choice.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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