Palmer resident, Nellie Ann Zaborac, 80, passed away on January 4, 2014 at Mat-Su Regional Hospital.
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Nellie was born February 21, 1933, in Gunnison, Colorado to Herbert and Hope Steele. She graduated from Prosser Washington High school in 1951. She married the love of her life Stanley John Zaborac, Jr. in Mexico in 1958. They moved to Palmer, Alaska in 1959, where Nellie worked for the State of Alaska Division of Agriculture and raised their family. Nellie retired in 1981 and spent her time with her family, attending Mat-Su Miner Game, operating the Senior Center Gift Shop and volunteering with the Mat-Su Miners. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi, the Pioneers and the Elks.
Her family stated: "She was one of the most caring, giving, kind hearted, generous individuals. She was always thinking of others before herself. She was called mom by all her children's friends. She donated most of her spare time volunteering."
Nellie is survived by daughters, Roxeanna Zaborac and Mickie Irvine; son in law, James Irvine; granddaughter, Jayme Dehart (Steve Dehart); grandsons, Dillon Irvine and Jakob Zaborac (Erin Zaborac); great granddaughters, Zoey Zaborac, Elly and Emily Dehart and many friends that she loved dearly. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Zaborac Jr., and her only son, David Zaborac.
Nellie asked that donations be made to www.matsuminers.org or www.palmerseniors.com in lieu of flowers.
Her Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, July 13th, at 1 p.m., at the Elks Lodge on Finger Lake in the Valley.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from July 8 to July 9, 2014