Anita J. Byers
Longtime Soldotna resident Anita J. Byers died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 54.
A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 21, at Our Lady Of Perpetual Help, 222 West Redoubt Avenue in Soldotna. Funeral mass will follow at the church. She will be laid to rest at Spruce Grove Memorial Park in Kasilof. Father Richard Tero will officiate.
A gathering will immediately follow the graveside service at O'Neill Hall.
Mrs. Byers was born Oct. 6, 1952, to Antonio and Segunda Joyel in Hamtic, Antique, Philippines. She graduated high school in the Philippines and then furthered her education by attending Kenai Peninsula College. She moved to Soldotna in 1984 where she lived until her death. She worked for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District in Soldotna for 17 years until retiring in 2007. She was an active member of Our Lady Of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Soldotna.
She received many awards while working for the school district, including the Golden Apple award and the Gold Pan award. She was an active union member and delegate to all conferences.
"This fantastic lady was loved and admired by all who knew her. Her friends and family were always at her side, helping young adults to stay in school, to get an education, to never give up and to achieve success in everything and every way possible. Everyone who knew her greatly loved and respected her, for she loved life by always setting a good example for others to follow. She was always meeting new friends and never met a stranger. She will be greatly missed in this community. She had always given so much of her time, effort and love too. This is her home. She will be greatly missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to have known this fantastic lady. Helping others succeed was her greatest joy. Anita loved Alaska as well as the United States of America. She enjoyed being married and a housewife, teaching, quilting, and being a friend," her family said.
She was preceded in death by her father.
She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Robert A. Byers of Soldotna.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family at P.O. Box 865 Soldotna, Alaska 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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