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Hazel 'Penny' Dyer

Posted: Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Nikiski resident Hazel "Penny" Dyer, 77, died Dec. 12, 2009, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease at New River Assisted Living in Kenai.

A private celebration of her life will be held at the home of Art and Claudia Jackman on Saturday, Dec. 19 2009.

Mrs. Dyer was born Sept. 14, 1932, in Ft. Laramie, Wyo., to Irvin and Zona Dovenspike. She married Lloyd T. Dyer on Jan. 25, 1949. They had four children. The Dyers moved to Anchorage in 1966 and then to Kenai in 1968 where they built their home in Nikiski.

Mrs. Dyer was the first woman president of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce in the early 1980s. She was a founding member of the Peninsula Soroptomist Club. She also served on the board of Enstar Natural Gas. From 1971-86, the couple owned Penny's Travel Agency. From 1986-92 she owned H.P. Dyer Women's Apparel after which time she retired and lived part-time in Kenai and part-time in Safford, Ariz., with her husband. The couple moved permanently back to Kenai in 2007 where they resided in Nikiski.

"Penny was a hard working, fun loving wife and mother. She was always on the go and hated idleness. Few people remember her sitting and relaxing," her family said.

Mrs. Dyer is survived by her husband of 60 years, Lloyd; children, Claudia and Art Jackman, Ken and Toni Dyer, Mike and Teena Dyer and Amy and Ken Cissell; grandchildren, Bruce and Amanda Jackman, Barry and Rebecca Jackman, Ryan Dyer, Dana Dyer and Tom Twombly, Adrea Dyer, Kate Dyer, T.C. Dyer, Keith Cissell, Jason and Kelly Cissell and Alisha and Daniel Christian; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Joshua and Aiden Jackman, Elijah and Austin Stafford, Tyler Jackman, Shelby Dyer, Emma Dyer, Lydia Dyer, Robert, Kiana, Jade and Dakota Cissell, Gabriel and Benjamin Cissell, and Crimson Christian.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Alzheimer's Assn., 225 N. Michigan Ave. Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633 in memory of Penny Dyer.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.



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