Rylene Arnell Oskolkoff, 14, of Kenai, died Nov. 2, 2010, from injuries sustained in a car accident in Kenai.
Funeral services will be 12 noon Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord Russian Orthodox Church, in Ninilchik. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery. Father Thomas Andrew will officiate. Pallbearers will be Ed Salzar, Chase Lee, Joshua Liedes, Landon Beatty, Allen N. Oskolkoff and Allen D. Oskolkoff.
There will be a celebration of life following the burial at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds. The family requests that those attending the services to dress for inclement weather.
Rylene was born Aug. 24, 1996, in Soldotna. She was in the eighth grade at Kenai Middle School.
Rylene was active in Native Youth Olympics, worked on the school year book committee and played basketball. She also sang in the choir at the Holy Assumption Church and loved to volunteer whenever possible at her church. She spent several summers volunteering at the Kenaitze Indian Tribe Senior Center, helping to serve meals and clean up afterwards, and for several years volunteered to help grow flowers for the senior center.
Her family said Rylene loved growing flowers and vegetables, walking on the beach searching for special rocks and driving the riding lawn mower. She found everything in life an adventure. Her love for family was very evident and she loved to search for and prepare special recipes for holiday dinners.
"Rylene loved people and they in return remember her as the girl who always had a smile and a hug to share. Rylene had the special ability to make the world a fun place to be filling it with giggles and laughter. She was always there to lend a helping hand or a caring ear to anyone who needed her from babies and peers to elders."
Rylene is survived by her parents, Elizabeth Oskolkoff and Don Eide Jr.; sisters, Natalya Oskolkoff, Mavra Oskolkoff, Heather Loftis-Eide and Briana Eide; grandparents, Arnold and Bobbie Oskolkoff and Don and Ella Eide Sr.; aunts, Cynthia Oskolkoff and Zoya Oskolkoff; uncles, Warren Eide and Daniel Eide; and numerous great aunts, uncles and cousins.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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