Longtime Alaskan and Soldotna resident Ramona Paulk died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005, surrounded by her family in Soldotna. She was 74.
A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Eagle's Aerie No. 35255 at 5765 Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. where there will be an opportunity to share memories, food and fellowship.
Mrs. Paulk was born in Chicago in 1931. At age 4, she moved to Alaska with her family by steamship and rail as part of the Palmer Colonization Project in 1935. She and her late husband, Jake Paulk, homesteaded in Knik in 1948 and moved to their home on the Kenai River in 1960.
"Ramona's life served as an inspiration and foundation to all who knew her. She was filled with wit and wisdom and lived her life on her own terms. Her well-loved home on the river was and will remain her family's gathering place and refuge," her family said.
"She loved her gardens and feeding her birds, but most of all she loved her family and friends and the untold hours she spent enjoying their conversation and laughter. Her legacy isn't in riches or accomplishments, but in the people she loved and their depth of love and devotion to her. This will echo through the generations. Everyone she touched is a part of this legacy."
Mrs. Paulk is survived by her brothers, Donnie Lentz and family and Joe Lentz and family; sister, JoeAnn Vanover and family; son, Daniel Paulk and his wife, Loretta, and their children Ramona Paulk, Jake and Jennifer Paulk and their children, Daniel and Natalie Paulk, Arch Richardson, Adam and Melissa Kishbaugh and their children Taylor and Bradley Kishhaugh; daughter, Nancy Pantages and her husband, Bill, and their children, Willy, Amber, Jody and David Pantages and his children, Chelsea and Tanner Pantages; daughter, Laura Mahan and her husband, Tim, and their children, Timmy, Gary and Steel Mahan, Morrill and Jessica Mahan, Bobbie, Alita and son, Logan Mahan, Marie and Lance Priest; daughter, Georgia Soliz and her children, T.D. O'Reagen, Brandie Olson, Samantha Broussard and her children, Dillon and Luck Broussard, Jim Wilson and his daughter, Ahnalea Wilson, Taddie Wilson and Lewis O'Reagen; daughter, Jody Asimakopoulos and her husband, Nick, and their children, Chrisotos, Haralambos and Andreas Asimakopoulos; daughter, Terri Carter and her husband, John, and their children, Alex and Joel Jackson, and Jen Rybarczyk; son, Robert Paulk and children, Chelsa and Connor Paulk; son, Robert Heidner; daughter, Audra McCubbins and her daughters, Taryn and Shay; extended family, including Gary Peppinger, Frankie Hopper, Sherry Scruggs, Joanne Paulk, Shannon Kooley, Mary West, Mary Deen, Wally Jackson, Rick O'Reagan and many beloved cousins, extended family and friends.
Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Paulk's memory to Grandma's Gift, account No. 3214187522, C/O Wells Fargo, 44552 Sterling Highway, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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