Thea Louise Zumwalt
Longtime Soldotna resident Thea Louise Zumwalt died Monday, Aug. 8, 2005, from pneumonia due to complications from multiple sclerosis at her home. She was 50.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005. Her ashes will be buried at the Kenai City Cemetery. Memorial services will follow the burial until 5 p.m. at Kalifornsky Christian Center at 41342 Kalifornsky Beach Road.
Ms. Zumwalt was born May 13, 1955 in Balboa, Panama. She moved to Texas for a short time before moving to Fairbanks in 1966 where she attended the University of Alaska. She moved to Soldotna in the early 1980's to be closer to her parents.
"Thea enjoyed poetry, jewelry design, gardening and aroma-therapy. Thea was an accomplished watercolor artist, her favorite artists being Gustav Klimt and Georgia O'Keefe. Her paintings will be on display at Frontier Community Services, to whom we owe our heart felt thanks," her family said.
"Thea will be remembered for her courage in the face of a debilitating disease, and her whole-hearted devotion to living with as much vigor as possible. Thea was featured in 20/20 with her first canine companion, the black lab, Altos and is pictured with Aidan, who was with her the last ten years of her life. She was a strong advocate for independent living for disabled Alaskans," her family said.
Ms. Zumwalt was preceded in death by her mother, Mary R. Zumwalt and father, Billie R. Zumwalt.
She is survived by her brother, William D. Zumwalt of Soldotna; nephews, Roland and David Zumwalt, both of Soldotna; niece, Erika Zumwalt of Soldotna; sister and brother-in-law, Merry G. Zumwalt and Corby Hawkins of Kenai; and nephew, Chase Kluge of Kenai.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Independent Living Center, P.O. Box 1907, Soldotna, AK 99669 or to Frontier Community Services, 43335 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite 36, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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