Carol Archer (1944 - 2017)

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Carol Archer, 73, of Anchorage, Alaska, passed away with her husband by her side, on Nov. 27, 2017, after battling cancer. Carol was born on Nov. 19, 1944, to Robert and Esther Mennecke in Aurora, Ill. She met Lee Roy "Roy" Archer in 1966, and they eloped on Nov. 25, 1967- the weekend of the second Super Bowl - having to wait until halftime for a Justice of the Peace. As a young couple, they enjoyed activities from camping and hunting to drag racing. Their independent spirits lead them to Alaska, where they purchased their current home and raised their daughters, Amy and Ann.
Carol had diverse interests and talents. Her hobbies ranged from needlepoint to NASCAR. A prolific reader, she could solve a crossword before most could find a pencil, was nearly impossible to beat in a game of Rummy, and possessed intuition and insight that was, at times, uncanny. She loved working in her garden, visiting neighbors and spending time with her family. She believed strongly in living by her own rules, regardless of custom, and was proudest of her husband, daughters, grandchildren and friends, preferring to celebrate their accomplishments over her own.
Carol is survived by her husband of 50 years, Lee Roy Archer; daughters and sons-in-law, Amy and Rocky DeWall and Ann and Bryan Gottschalk; grandchildren, Zachary, Danny, Keith, Ryan, Dewey, Alex, Dustyn, Hunter, and Mason; siblings, Susan, James and Charles Mennecke; mother-in-law, Florence Merkin; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and several extended family in Illinois and Wisconsin.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a . At Carol's request, there will not be a public memorial service. The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to family friends: Donna Gerwin, Pat Hunt, Linda Grover and the Wednesday Night Knitters (as well as the many neighbors) for their dedication and loyalty in time of need, and demonstration of true friendship, and to Frontier Hospice for their compassionate care.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Dec. 3 to Dec. 4, 2017