Carrie Ruvalcava (1929 - 2018)

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On Feb. 8, 2018, Carrie Ruvalcava sang her way joyously into heaven and was received by her Heavenly Father and loved ones who've passed on before her. Carrie began her eternal life with the Lord peacefully in her sleep at the Alaska Native Medical Center, surrounded by her three children and family members. Carrie was born on Feb. 25, 1929, in Tuluksak, Alaska. She worked as a nurse's aide and Yupik translator at the Bethel Hospital and at ANS Hospital in Anchorage through the 1950s-60s. She met her husband Jose E. Ruvalcava in Anchorage, and they were married in 1966.
Carrie was a devoted Christian and believed in the power of prayer. She would pray continually for her family in Anchorage, Bethel, Tuluksak and in Mexico, where her husband's family live.
Most outstandingly, Carrie loved to sing the gospel. She began her singing ministry as a little girl in the Moravian church of Tuluksak, where her parents served as ministers. She traveled with gospel singing groups throughout Alaska and along the stateside. Her joys in life were spending time with her children and grandchildren and serving the Lord. Accordingly, she taught her children how to pray and live a life for God. She believed in education and hard work ethic and instilled this belief in her three children. Carrie loved to pick berries every summer with her children to make akutaq (Yupik ice cream) her favorite dessert. She enjoyed cooking and made delicious homemade bread. She was passionate about sewing and designed beautiful qaspeqs, parkas and beaded earrings and necklaces. Among her favorite scriptures was Numbers 6:24-26.
Carrie is survived by her three children, Tony J. Andrew, Gloria M. Yates and Rosita A. Ruvalcava; her three grandchildren, Douglas E. Yates III, Tyler J. Andrew and Rinnah S. Andrew; son-in-law, Douglas E. Yates; daughter-in-law, Nancy Andrew; siblings, Noah Andrew, Maggie Allain, Hannah Lamont and Della Andrew; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Carrie was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Christine Andrew; her husband, Jose E. Ruvalcava; and by her siblings, Bessie Peter and Peter Andrew.
Please join her family in the Celebration of Life Service to be held on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at First Covenant Church, 1145 C Street in Anchorage, Alaska, at 1 p.m., with a reception to follow.
Services rendered by Legacy Funeral Homes Heritage Chapel at Angelus Memorial Park, 440 East Klatt Road, Anchorage, AK 99515.
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Feb. 20, 2018