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Lois W. Rone


Lois W. Rone

Wasilla resident, Lois W. Rone, 88, died on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Knik Manor Assisted living home in Wasilla.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 27, at Valley Funeral Home Chapel in Wasilla. Committal services were held the following day at Fort Richardson National Cemetery, with burial following the services at the cemetery.

She was born on October 16, 1922 in Mt. Ida, Arkansas to John Robert and Lyda Arfilla (Smith) Spradling.

Lois moved to Alaska in 1967 and lived in Murphy Dome during the 1970s, then moved to Wasilla where she lived to be near her daughter Myrna and family. She worked in an ammunition depot in Oklahoma during World War II and then moved to Oregon and worked in Bear Creek during the late 1950s. before her retirement she worked in physicians' offices in Colorado and Alaska in the 1960s and early 70s.

She was a lifetime member of WASI and was honored as a Volunteers of America volunteer; she enjoyed reading and keeping her journals. She also enjoyed doll making, sewing, fishing and hunting and camping. She especially enjoyed dancing with her husband Nash who shared 62 years together before he passed away in 1998.

Lois will be remembered by her family as "Mama" who was a special lady who was kind and giving to all who knew her and to those she met along her life's journey. Her family said, "there was nothing more she enjoyed than being on the fishing bank of her favorite spots hoping to catch the 'Big One.' She took great pride in her family and worked hard to make a nurturing home for all. Though she will be missed we take solace that she is at peace enjoying Papa's companionship once again."

Lois is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Myrna and K. Scott Brooks of Big Lake; grandsons John Hebert and wife Charity of Quinlan, Texas, James Hebert and wife Stephanie of Goldsboro, NC; Jesse Brooks and wife Amanda of Oceanside, Calif., Justen Brooks and wife Veronica of Florence, Texas; granddaughter, Janice Kober and her husband Michael of Pensacola, Fla., and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Nash, son Stephen, daughter Myra Hebert and her parents.

In Lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials in her memory be made to the Alzheimers Resource Agency of Alaska 1750 Abbott Rd #100 Anchorage, AK 99507 or the Mat Su Regional Hospice Wasilla, AK

The family was cared for by Valley Funeral Home and Crematory, Wasilla, Alaska

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, August 3, 2011.