Sylvia B. Wirth

Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2000

Soldotna resident Sylvia B. Wirth died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 87.

Memorial services will be at 7:30 tonight at Heritage Place in Soldotna. Pastor Alan Humphries will officiate.

Mrs. Wirth was born March 20, 1913, in Red Oak, Okla. She grew up and received her education there. She worked for Polly's Dress Shop in Van Nuys, Calif., before moving to Alaska in July of 1952. She made her home in Fairbanks working for dress shops. She also worked for Gladys Morris Shop and Coop Drug Store in cosmetics. She moved to the Kenai Peninsula in 1959, living there until 1978. Mrs. Wirth retired in the early 1960s. She moved back to the lower 48 for a short time and returned the peninsula in 1982 living in Kenai, Kasilof and finally in Soldotna.

She was a saved protestant Christian. Her hobbies included singing and being very good with flowers in her yard and interior decorating.

The family wrote, "She was a wonderful homemaker, wife and mother. She was a sweet, loving and caring person who loved to help others more than herself. She was always 'finer than a frog's hair split in the middle.'"

Mrs. Wirth is survived by her husband, Frank X. Wirth, of Soldotna; daughters Rita Hemphill and Cecelia Richard and her husband Steve Richard, all of Kenai; grandchildren Johnna Lemm, Lori Spinka and Sarah Howell, all of Soldotna, Shawna McDonald of Anchorage, Brent Nelson of Florida and Corey Hoercher, of Washington; great-grandchildren Chelsey Hemphill, of Soldotna, Tyler and Savannah McDonald, of Anchorage, and Rory and Cameron Nelson, of Florida; and sisters and their husbands, Sue and Jack Gentry and Nan and Paul McKissack.

Memorial donations may be made to charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel of Kenai.

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