Ann Pace McCartney

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ann Pace McCartney, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, at her home in Stover, Mo. She was 88.

Mrs. McCartney was born Dec. 5, 1921, in Detroit, Mich., to Sam and Tillie Wazecka Ferkalo. She was a graduate of Belleville High School in Belleville, Mich.

As a young woman, Mrs. McCartney joined the war effort by working as a riveter in a factory that made war planes at the Willow Run Airfield in Dearborn, Mich.

She married E. C. Pace in 1943. The couple moved to Hawaii, where their first child, a daughter, was born. They later moved to California were they had a son. In 1954, they moved to Alaska, where the couple had another son and daughter. In 1957, they homesteaded in Soldotna. Mrs. McCartney worked In the 1950's at MATS Terminal Elmendorf AFB Anchorage, Alaska as a ticket agent, and at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office in Soldotna in the 1960s as a clerk. The couple divorced in the late 1960s and she moved to Oregon. It was while living in Oregon that she met her future husband, Mackie Joe McCartney. They married in 1974.

For several years Ann worked as a clerk in the Jackson County Assessor's Office in Medford, Ore. Following the death of Mr. McCartney, she returned to Alaska, where she was a member of Soldotna Bible Chapel and active in the Senior Center. She lived in Alaska until a few years ago when she moved to Missouri to be near her daughter.

Her family said she was an excellent cook and gardener. She loved to crochet and made beautiful afghans, Alaskan sweaters and doilies. She loved being outdoors, where she could work in her garden, tend to her animals or go camping. Ann enjoyed dancing with her husband, spending time reading a good book or just being by herself.

Her family said, "Mama was a hard worker and was the strength behind our family 'proving up' on the homestead. Mama named it 'Pace's Pleasant Haven.' She taught us a solid work ethic. She was most true and patriotic of her country and loved Alaska. She loved to dance and had such fun at her 80th birthday party held at the Soldotna Senior Center, dancing with her son.

Mrs. McCartney was preceded in death by her first and second husbands, son John Pace; grandson Joseph VanderBand and one brother and one sister.

Survivors include three children, daughter Sharon and her husband Harold VanderBand, of Canyon Lake, Texas; daughter Kathy and her husband Steven LaCosse, of Stover, Mo.; and Michael Pace of Mesa, Ariz.; plus other relatives and friends.

A memorial service was held Oct. 14 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Stover with Pastor John Kiehl officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Siskiyou Memorial Park in Medford, Ore. Arrangements were made by Scrivner-Morrow Funeral Home.

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