Mary Lillian Lamm

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010

Longtime Alaska resident Mary Lillian "Lil" Lamm, 86, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on K-Beach Road in Soldotna. Pastor Keith Randall will officiate.

Mrs. Lamm was born Feb. 6, 1924, in McCammon, Idaho. She moved to Alaska in 1951, living in Anchorage, and moved to Seward in 1955. In 1961, she moved to Kodiak and returned to Seward in 1967. She was there until moving to the Kasilof and Soldotna area in 1994.

Mrs. Lamm's employment encompassed many areas, including working at the lumber yard, the tuberculosis sanitarium in Seward, store clerk, housekeeper, cannery worker and nurse's aide. She retired from Wesleyan Nursing Home in Seward after 17 years of employment.

Mrs. Lamm was a Christian and a member of the Elks. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, her grandchildren, was a quilter, bowler and a baker.

Her family said: "Lil drove up the Alcan Highway with her 5-year-old son and towing an Air Stream trailer. She truly loved Alaska. Lil could best be described as kind, giving and fun loving. She was happiest being around her grandkids, her flowers and greenhouse.

"She enjoyed watching the wildlife around her house, especially 'her' birds and rabbits. July would find her on the Blossom setnet site picking fish alongside her grandsons. Her youthfulness and sense of humor were always present. Her family filled her with immense pride and was her greatest joy.

"She will be remembered and loved always. We are comforted knowing she has gone to Heaven to be with the Lord."

Lil was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, two sisters, grandson, Kerry Nelson, and great-grandson, Justin Nelson.

She is survived by sons and daughter-in-law, Bill and Sharon Sims, of Anchorage, and Richard Nelson, of Kodiak; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Doug Blossom, of Soldotna; grandchildren, Bill and Fred Sims, of Anchorage, Ryan Nelson, of Wasilla, Myles Nelson, of Seattle, Wash., Brian, Brad, Boomer and Brittani Blossom, all of Soldotna; eight great-grandchildren; and brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Linda Southworth, of North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, please donate a Christmas gift to a charity of choice.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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