Longtime Alaskan and Anchorage resident Julia Lea Mohr died Monday, July 21, 2008, during surgery at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 80.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Additional services will be held in Marceline, Mo. She will be buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Marceline.
Mrs. Mohr was born Sept. 9, 1927, in Marceline to John W. and Gladys Floray. She moved to Concord, Calif. at the age of 15 to care for her aunt and uncle. She received her education in Concord and graduated from Mt. Diablo High School. She married Frederick Mohr on Dec. 19, 1960. Shortly after, the family moved to Anchorage. She was an administrator for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game until her retirement in 1983.
"She and her husband spent 33 years flying throughout Alaska fishing, hunting and memorizing the beautiful land. Julia had a passion for Alaskan art, with her husband being an artist. They spent a lot of time with artists that have become world renowned. She and her husband were world travelers," the family said. "Since 1992, she and her husband spent their summers on the Kenai River at Poacher's Cove, where she loved inviting family and friends to spend time fishing and relaxing on the river. Julia was best known at the Dept. of Fish and Game for having the looks of a model and the ability to hunt and kill large game. Her passion was buying gifts and giving to others, especially during Christmas time. Her style, class, beauty, grace and intelligence allowed her to make any negative situation a positive one. She was able to make people feel loved and cherished. She was very proud of her sons and family. Her smile and beauty will always be remembered with anyone she ever met. Julia loved life and lived it to the fullest. She took her time to make each individual she ever met feel special and every family member feel loved. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She also is survived by her extended family, James Dunham and his family of Missouri."
Mrs. Mohr was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, John Raymond and Heath Floray; sisters-in-law, Lora, Phyllis and Wauneta Floray.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years of Anchorage; sons, Harry Lee Burdg and his wife, Jill, of Hamilton, Mo., Keith Burdg and his wife, Celeste; daughter, Cynthia Anderson and her husband, Bob, of California; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Keith Floray and Jerell Floray; sister, Vonnie (Floray) Hughes and her husband, Luther; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to The LeeShore Center, 325 S. Spruce St., Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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