Longtime Sterling resident Mildred F. "Millie" Hirth died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 79.
A celebration of life service will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at VFW Post No. 10046 in Soldotna. A potluck, one of her favorite things, will follow. Please feel free to bring a dish to share.
Mrs. Hirth was born June 14, 1924, in Liberty Township, Ohio. She drove the Alaska Highway to Alaska in 1956. She married Arthur Hirth on Jan. 23, 1960, in Anchorage. In 1963, they moved to Soldotna, homesteading on Ciechanski Road. From 1966 to 1969, Mr. and Mrs. Hirth lived in Cold Bay. Over the years, she worked as a cook, bartender and manager and was one of the first women to work on an oil platform in Cook Inlet.
In March 1980, Mr. and Mrs. Hirth bought the Moose River Inn in Sterling. Mrs. Hirth operated Millie's Moose River Inn with the help of her son, Mike, until her death.
Mrs. Hirth was preceded in death by her husband, Art, in November 1995; sisters, Helen, Ruth and Libby; and brothers, James, Charles, Donald and Joseph.
She is survived by her sons, Michael Ray King and Arthur Dwayne Hirth of Soldotna and Paul Andrew Casson of Bremerton, Wash.; daughter, Theresa "Tre" Dellinger of Florida; daughter-in-law, Theresa King of Soldotna; grandchildren, Paris King, Sandy Cretin, Wayne Nubile and Ronda McCall; great-grandchildren, Jason and Ryan Cretin and Victoria McCall; brother, Robert Nier and his wife, Dot, of Ohio; many nieces and nephews; and longtime friends, Mae Ciechanski and Ardis Oaks, and many more too numerous to mention.
Memorial donations may be sent in Mrs. Hirth's name to American Legion Sterling Post No. 75, P.O. Box 1375, Sterling, AK 99672 or VFW Auxiliary Post No. 10046, 134 Birch Lane, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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