Ikuko Tidwell

Posted: Thursday, November 04, 2010

Soldotna resident Ikuko Tidwell, 63, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010, peacefully in her home with her husband by her side, after a 4-year battle with lung cancer.

A short memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in the banquet room of the Nikko Gardens restaurant on the Spur Highway in Soldotna. Those wishing to pay respects and condolences may stop by from 2 to 5 p.m. Snacks will be served.

Mrs. Tidwell was born in Mikasa, Japan, on the northern-most island of Hokkaido, on July 3, 1947. She graduated from high school and went to work for NEC in Tokyo, where she met her husband, Dennis Tidwell. They married on March 3, 1971. The couple lived in many places across America, from Petersburg, Va., to Albuquerque, N.M., and finally Alaska. Mrs. Tidwell lived in Alaska for almost 13 years and was a former employee of American Linen in Anchorage.

The couple had two daughters, Dorothy and Donna.

Her family said she enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and loved her big old white labradoodle, Buffy the Dog. "Ikuko was a kind and gentle soul and will be missed by all who knew her," her family wrote.

Mrs. Tidwell is survived by her beloved husband Dennis C. Tidwell; daughters and sons-in-law, Dorothy and Chris Dyer and Donna and Manuel Herrera; grandchildren, Kenneth, Thomas, and Chelsey Milner, Johnathan, Jacob, and Matthew Dyer, Antonio and Angelina Herrera; and one great-granddaughter, Kristina Milner.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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