Kenai resident Helene A. Hatfield died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at Central Peninsula General Hospital from a long battle with cancer. She was 63.
Visitation is from 6 to 7 p.m. today and the memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, both at the Russian Orthodox Church in Kenai. After Friday's service, burial will be at the Kenai City Cemetery, followed by a reception at Fort Kenay, 1104 Mission Ave., in Kenai.
Pallbearers will be John Astad, Sam Hatfield, Bill Edwards, Melvin Juliussen, Mark Smallwood and Chris See.
Ms. Hatfield was born Feb. 4, 1939, in Kenai. She was a homemaker, mother and worked as an Elder Advocate for the Kenaitze Indian Tribe until her retirement in 2000.
Ms. Hatfield was a member of the Russian Orthodox Sisterhood, Moose Lodge and American Legion. She enjoyed gatherings with her family and friends, garage sales and activities with her grandchildren. "Helene was a very caring person who lived life on her own terms. She loved her children. She always had a smile for everyone. She will be greatly missed," her family said.
Ms. Hatfield is survived by her sons, John Astad and Sam Hatfield of Kenai; daughters, Grace Astad of Reno, Nev., Sonya Astad and Crystal Tilley of Kenai; daughter and son-in-law, Carlene and Bill Edwards of Kenai; grandchildren, Dimitri, Brady and Audryana Taragonsky and Dillon Rose Edwards all of Kenai; and numerous friends.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Hatfield family, 306 Portlock, Kenai, AK 99611.
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