Wasilla resident Wandalee Marilyn Schmahl died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007, at home with her family at her side after a lengthy illness. She was 59.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. A potluck celebrating her life will follow at the VFW in Soldotna.
Her ashes will be scattered in Washington at a later date.
Ms. Schmahl was born Feb. 6, 1948, in Seattle. She attended high school in Seattle prior to attending Kenai Peninsula College.
She arrived in Alaska in 1974, and lived in Anchorage, Kenai, Soldotna, Talkeetna and Wasilla,
"She had a special relationship with her grandchildren," her family said.
Her daughter Denise said, "My mom had a great sense of humor and she was very generous. I remember her making care packages out of our cupboards for family or friends who needed it. I'll see you in a little while mom."
Her daughter Heather said, "Mom lived her life as if every day could be her last and without regrets! More than my mother, she was my best friend! And days before she passed she said not to mourn her passing because 'We all meet in the end.'"
Ms. Schmahl was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Laura Schmahl; brothers, Charles (Skip), Thomas and James Schmahl; husband, Henri Maillard; son, Henri Maillard, Jr.; and great-grandchildren, Joseph Mason and Jayelynn Espinosa.
She is survived by life partner, Larry Wright of Wasilla; daughters, Heather Watts and her husband, Jamey, of Wasilla and Denise Wolk and her partner, Steve Olds, of Kenai; son, Dennis McKoon and his wife, Lori, of Wasilla; sisters, Lorraine (Lolly) and Roberta (Bobbi); brothers, John, Timothy and Donald Schmahl of Washington; grandchildren, J.T. and Andrew Watts and Nancy and D.J. Harris of Wasilla, Laura Mason of Eagle River, Thomas Mason of Kenai, Johnathan and Eric Mason of Seattle and Jacob Whitman-Maillard of Washington; great-grandchildren, Shaleana Steger and Zoe Mason of Kenai; and numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and extended family.
Arrangements were made by Valley Funeral Homes and Crematory of Wasilla and Palmer.
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