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Kathryn Jean Farley


Kathryn Jean Farley

July 28, 1955-Dec. 25, 2010

Kathryn Jean Farley, 55, died Dec. 25, 2010, at her home in Eagle River.

She was born on July 28, 1955 in Dickinson, N.D., to Newell Ward Farley and Arvilla and Dick Wisti. She graduated from Orono High School in Minneapolis, Minn. in 1973, and spent several years as a youth traveling and experiencing what jewels the world had to offer.

KJ worked at the Anchorage Sheraton in Josephine's Restaurant from 1978 to 1992, and developed close relationships with her fellow co-workers. She worked in alternative education throughout her children's schooling. When her oldest child began his education at Steller Secondary School, she worked as a coach in the Paideia Seminar Program and participated substantially in the school. When asked about what she did for living, her first response was always, "I'm a mom."

She was heavily immersed in the community, and she moved through all of her activities with a gentle feminine ease. Whether it was the Wildflower Garden Club, Bioneers in Alaska, or the women's group that she founded, KJ dedicated herself to each person involved and was deeply engrained in the core mission of these meetings of people. She was an avid gardener, and shared the joys of botany with many when her garden exploded with color in the springtime. KJ also was noted for being an excellent cook, and passed along her experimental style to her sons and other family members. She cherished tradition, and followed the work of her father by adding to the family's genealogy. Above all else, KJ was reverent for life and lived each day with a gratitude that comes with an inward understanding of peace.

To be fair, KJ claimed that everyone is special. But there was a difference about her; she was an extraordinary wonder among the world of people. While she only spent 55 years of existence in her form, she impacted and guided many with her ancient wisdom and continues to impart her knowledge even after her death on Christmas Day.

KJ is survived by her husband, Randy Bozelle; sons, Chad, Kolby, and Logan Saetre; brothers, Michael Farley Griffith, Jack Farley, Charlie Farley, and Rob Farley; her parents, Arvilla and Dick Wisti; and her niece Ryan Griffith with whom she shared a special connection.

Hospice of Anchorage was integral in providing comfort for KJ. If you feel called to make a donation, you can do this through their Web site at, or by mailing a check to 2612 E Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK, 99508.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.