Former Soldotna resident Merrilyn C. Moles died of natural causes Sept. 8, 2010. She was 91.
Mrs. Moles was born Sept. 14, 1918.
In 1970 Mrs. Moles moved to Soldotna, following her daughter Renny, and worked with Allie Warner on the emergency switchboard line for the fire, police and hospital volunteers. Over the years she worked for Thompson's Log Gift, Central Peninsula Hospital and Soldotna Jr. High School, where the students fondly called her "Grandma." She was treasurer for Soldotna Little League in its early days, and organized the "Progress Days Rodeo Queen Contest" as an active member of the Lioness Club. Although she retired to California in 1984, she often said she left her heart in Alaska.
Her family said that despite the polio she dealt with throughout her life, it never slowed her down. She was a tireless employee, loved camping, was an accomplished seamstress and a master of bizarre words when playing Scrabble.
"Merrilyn had a big heart, welcoming anyone who needed comfort. She had a zest for life, an infectious laugh and a smile that lit up a room. Merrilyn had a long and memorable life, was loved and honored by so many and will be greatly missed."
Mts. Moles was preceded in death by her husband, Wilburn Moles; and two daughters, Carolyn Sue Matchniff and Anna Christine Chislak. She is survived by daughters Donnita Owen, Renetta "Renny" Seaberg and Nedra Turner; her grandchildren Mike Kent, Theresa Kent, John Kent, Sandra Lamb, Joanne Kadin, Fred "Joe" Wiedman, Sandy Dallman, Jackie Robinson, Robert A. Hensler Jr, and Susan Lee; her sisters, Irene Radman and Leona Prigmore; and numerous great-grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces.
A family service was held at her home. Condolences may sent to 1564 E. Waterford Ave. Fresno, CA 93720-4231.
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