Betty Jean (Cline) Whitcomb


Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2006


  Betty Jean (Cline) Whitcomb

Betty Jean (Cline) Whitcomb

Longtime Soldotna resident Betty Jean (Cline) Whitcomb died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2006, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 80.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center. Evangelist Tony Cloud will officiate.

Mrs. Whitcomb was born Nov. 26, 1925, in Wichita, Kan. She attended Friends University, studying chemistry, biology and math from 1943-46. She then attended St. Francis School of Medical Technology, where, in 1947, she received Medical Technology Certification under the direction of Dr. Hellwig. She worked at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita and continued her career at County Hospital and later at Hillside Medical Office in Wichita.

She married James Riley Whitcomb on March 11, 1951, in Wichita.

In April 1959, the couple packed their belongings and moved to Alaska to pursue their dream of homesteading. They homesteaded on the Kenai Peninsula near Funny River ,where they built a home and raised their daughter, Rebecca. Once a road was established to Soldotna from Funny River, Betty continued her medical career in the Soldotna area, working for several area doctors and clinics until her retirement.

“Like many homestead women, Betty made a home without the benefit of running water, electricity or many of the amenities we now take for granted. She was capable, fun loving and always making the best of whatever came her way. She also enjoyed many activities, including horseback riding, bowling and sewing. She got the most joy being with her many close friends at the senior center,” her family said.

Mrs. Whitcomb was active at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center, where she served on the board of directors. She served two terms as president, two as vice president and helped make the center what it is today. She was a longtime member of Kenai Christian Church.

Mrs. Whitcomb was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years; her parents, Hueston H. and Jesse Alma (Winch) Cline; and brother-in-law, Robert Doan.

She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Cronkhite of Kenai; grandson, Stephen Cronkhite of Kenai; sisters, Barbara Doan of Wichita and Jacqueline Brazill and husband, Richard, of Towanda, Kan.; and extended Alaska family, Gary and Mary Horwath and their daughters, Melissa, Courtney, Julianne and Amy, all of Soldotna.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made in Mrs. Whitcomb’s name to the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center Endowment Fund, 197 Park Ave., Soldotna, AK 99669.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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