Lifelong Alaskan Pioneer Dorothy G. Anderson died Friday, Dec. 15, 2006, in King Salmon from a terminal illness at the home of her son, and daughter-in-law, Glenn and Lisa Anderson. She was 71.
Ms. Anderson was cremated and a celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Covenant Church in Anchorage. A potluck will be held at the church following services.
Ms. Anderson was born in Goose Bay (Iliamna Lake) on Aug. 18, 1935, to Hugh and Marie Millett. She was one of nine children.
In the early 1970s, she worked for the Cook Inlet Native Association bingo hall and the Anchorage School District as a cook. She retired from the school district as a bus attendant for special needs children May 2005.
“Mom was a very loving, caring, kind, generous woman, and she always put the needs of others above her own. She truly had a heart of gold, and the most precious thing in life was her family and friends,” her family said.
Ms. Anderson enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, reading, doing crossword puzzles, passing on Native family traditions to her future generations (berry picking, putting up fish, storytelling), whistling while she worked, doing embroidery, spending time at the cabin in Homer and being outdoors.
Ms. Anderson is preceded in death by her brother, Carl Millett; son, Edwin Anderson Jr.; father; great-grandson, Maleke Cook; and mother.
She is survived by her daughters, Hildur Feakes of Kenai and Karleen, and her husband, Mike Laufenburger, of King Salmon; sons and daughters-in-law, Jeffery and Linda Anderson of Kenai and Glenn and Lisa Anderson of King Salmon; grandchildren, Janae Cook, Laura Anderson, Christopher Anderson, Andy Calhoun, Shawn Anderson, Robert Laufenburger, Tony Bowers, Karl Anderson, Jason Anderson, Kyle Anderson and Kurtis Anderson; great-grandchildren, Shyanne and Alyxandrhea Cook, Kolton Anderson, Brayden Bowers and Nicholas Calhoun; siblings and their spouses; ex husband, Edwin Anderson; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Arrangements were made by Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Anchorage.
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