Longtime Alaska resident June Alice Trimmingham died of natural causes Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at her home in Hope. She was 80.
A memorial service was held Oct. 25 in Hope. Her son Guy Trimmingham delivered the eulogy; the service was officiated by her daughter, the Rev. Jan Adams. She was buried at the Hope Cemetery.
She was born Sept. 3, 1920, in International Falls, Minn., to Stanley and Marion Thompson.
She arrived in Alaska by steamship in 1943, while the blackout period of World War II was in effect. This was during the time special entry papers were required to enter into Alaska. She made her residence in Anchorage.
While in Anchorage, she worked as a waitress at the Westward Hotel. She also was a cocktail waitress. She worked at a neon sign shop and also was a blue print operator working for District Engineers on Elmendorf Air Force Base.
In 1953, she met and married William (Bill) Trimmingham. They continued to live in Anchorage until 1959 when they began setting up a home in Hope.
"She was truly a unique individual, touching every life she met, whether it be four-legged or two- legged. She always had a very tender place in her heart for all animals. Mrs. Trimmingham loved to watch the sun shining on the mountains through the trees. Her love for every growing thing, be it tree, shrub or plant, was immense. Bird watching was her favorite pastime. She also enjoyed berry picking, gardening, fishing, canning and putting food up. She also liked to be prepared for hard times. We will all miss her greatly," the family said.
She is survived by her best friend and husband, William (Bill) Trimmingham of Hope; daughter and son-in-law, Janice (Jan) and Jack Adams of Anchorage; sons and daughters-in-law Thomas and June Krohn of Hope, and Guy and Laura Trimmingham of Soldotna; grandchildren Van Lausterer of Anchorage, Teri Lausterer of Kirkland, Wash., Geri Lausterer-Harrison and companion Tony Pearse of Soldotna, Tahneta Trimmingham of Soldotna, Farrar Trimmingham-Startz and husband, Steve, of Fairbanks, and Brian Krohn of Colorado; great-grandchildren A.J. Harrison of Aurora, Mo., Shay and Bree Harrison of Soldotna, and Monique Krohn of Colorado; and nephew Stag Thompson and many special friends.
Donations may be made in her memory to the SPCA of the Kenai Peninsula, P.O. Box 4243, Soldotna, AK 99669.
Arrangements were made by Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary and Crematory.
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