Mabel Kompkoff

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Lifelong Alaskan Mabel Barbara Kompkoff, 76, died June 17, 2008, at Valdez Hospital.
A funeral will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church in Tatitlek with the Rev. Alexie officiating. A memorial service is planned for a future date in Cordova.
Mabel, beloved wife, mother, sister, "Umma" and "Big Umma," was born June 26, 1931, at Shepard Point to Andrew and Seena Allen. She was raised in Tatitlek, where she married Carroll Mike Kompkoff on July 4, 1947. She and her family moved to Cordova in 1966.
"Mabel enjoyed making people happy through laughter," her family recalled. "She was willing to play along with jokes, and quick to make a wry comment or pun. She loved her grandkids, spending time playing the card game 'Hell,' and cooking for family and friends.
"Mabel devoted her life to her husband, family and faith. She set high standards for her children and grandchildren while providing them with the unconditional love and tireless support needed to meet her standards. She was quick to defend any grandchild's individual spirit (much to the dismay of their parents), and even faster to admonish her grandchildren 'not to be too much.' She lived and taught the high standards she set with grace and humor. At age 72, she stood up at a sobriety gathering and told the crowd 'I have been sober for 72 years.'
"Mabel loved subsistence foods and was grateful for any gift of traditional foods. She would go out berry picking with her sisters and grandchildren, fill her freezer with bags of berries, and line her pantry shelves with jams and jellies.
"Mabel was known for her knitting and crocheting. Her handmade sweaters, blankets and baby clothes were worn by generations of children in Cordova. These items were often donated to the Saint Anne Sisterhood fundraisers. She also enjoyed quilting and puzzles."
Mabel is survived by her husband, Carroll; her children, Michael "Jug" (Jennifer) Kompkoff of Valdez, Gene (Jeanette) Kompkoff of Kaiser, Ore., Andrea "Girlo" (Nils) Olson of Japan, Sylvia (Garry) Purvis of Ahoskie, N.C., Phyllis (Bob) Sanford and Caleb (Becki) Kompkoff, all of Valdez; her sisters, June Lund, Leona Olsen, Barbara Olsen and Margie Allen; her brothers, Andrew Allen, Lloyd Allen, Phillip Allen and John Allen; 23 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her children, Caroline and Gary; brother, George Allen; and grandchildren, Kristopher and Kelly.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the Saint Anne Sisterhood, P.O. Box 1752, Cordova 99574.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from June 20 to June 21, 2008