Lorraine Clark Queen


Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2007



Longtime Kenai resident Lorraine Clark Queen died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, after a long illness at her home in Kenai. She was 85.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, at Kenai Bible Church at 600 Main St. in Kenai Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services. Pastor Vance Wonser will officiate. Pallbearers will include Christy Anderson, James Queen, Ray McCauley, Mike Hamrick, Jerry Thompson and Jim Arness. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Anchorage Memorial Cemetery Park.

Mrs. Queen was born April 29, 1922, to James and Elizabeth (Thompson) Russell in Maryville, Tenn. She worked for the Department of Defense during World War II as a security guard in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Mrs. Queen moved to Anchorage in 1952, where she worked in the cafeteria for Providence Hospital from 1953 to 1963. She moved to Kenai in 1963. She was a member of the Pioneers of Alaska Igloo No. 14.

Mrs. Queen was an avid fisherman and won the second place trophy for an 11-pound, 9-ounce red salmon in 1967 from Kenai Rexall Drug Store. She loved gardening, rock hunting, berry picking, crocheting and caring for her yard.

"Grandma taught us so much about life, love, truth, thrift, discipline, fairness and fun. She loved her family, fishing, growing beautiful flowers, gardening and working in the greenhouse. She enjoyed a good joke, even on herself. And her home was always open to lots of visitors near and far. Her strength and determination to overcome adversity will be long remembered, in addition to all the other good qualities she so freely shared," her family said.

"She was the best friend anybody could have, always there and so caring, wonderful and generous. We were very blessed to have had her as our friend. We will miss her very much. She will always be in our hearts. A true Alaska woman in every way, Lorraine was the best friend anyone could have. I will use the things she taught me every day. Lorraine loved to visit with friends and we loved to hear her pioneer tales and fish stories. Lorraine also served a great snack including her wonderful chicken and dumplings and sauerkraut. Lorraine was the best cook in the world," her friends said.

Mrs. Queen was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Marvin Russell; and sister, Bernice (Russell) Farmer.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Quindell Queen of Kenai; son, Don Queen and his wife, Judy, of Nikiski; grandsons, Russell Queen and his wife, Jennie, of Delaware and James "Jamie" Queen and his fiance, Stephanie Arbelovsky, of Anchorage; great-granddaughters, Ruby May and Lily Louisa Queen, of Delaware; niece, Cathy Waitinas, of Tennessee; and great-niece, Ashley Wagner, of Tennessee.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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