Soldotna resident Annabelle Hageryup Eylar, died from a stroke Saturday, Aug. 17, 2002, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. She was 77.
A memorial service was held Wednesday at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna. Pastor Randy Parshall officiated. There was a reception following the service at the Soldotna Senior Center. Mrs. Eylar's ashes will be scattered at Spruce Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Eylar was born Dec. 4, 1924, in Juneau. She lived in Juneau for 20 years, then moved and lived in Washington, South Dakota and Montana. In 1959 she returned to Alaska and homesteaded on Funny River in Soldotna. Mrs. Eylar worked as a receptionist for Dr. Charles Bailey and has been retired for approximately 20 years. She was affiliated with the VFW Women's Auxiliary Post No. 10046.
Mrs. Eylar was active in Soldotna Progress Days and the Soldotna Senior Center. She played in the kitchen band, "Kitchenaires." She loved to play cards and games, and loved dances with the Soldotna Silver Bells. Mrs. Eylar will be remembered by family and friends as a sweet, life-loving lady who loved music and dance. She was a fabulous cook known particularly for her pies and cinnamon rolls. She loved to share her cooking with her many friends and even strangers. Mrs. Eylar was a gentle, kind, fun and loving lady who was loved by everyone who met her.
Mrs. Eylar is survived by her daughter, Donna D. McArthur; son- in-law, John McArthur; son, William D. Eylar; brother, Erv Hageryup; sister, Dagny Chandler; nephews, Tryg Hermann and Ray Hermann; grandchildren, John McArthur Jr., Suzie and David Graham, Jim McArthur, William and Kristine McArthur, Joe Eylar, Mark and Kristine Denison, Bryon Eylar and Amy Eylar; and four great-grandchildren, Miranda McArthur, Rachel Graham, Brandon McArthur and Victoria Denison.
Memorial donations can be made to the Soldotna Senior Center, 197 Park Ave., Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory in Anchorage.
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