Wilma L. (Carroll) Rookus (1925 - 2017)

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Wilma (Carroll) Rookus was born on Feb. 10, 1925, in Hollywood, Calif., to Almeron and Annie (Gribble) Carroll. After attending Vine Street Grammar School and LeConte Junior High, they moved to Long Beach, Calif. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1942.
On Aug. 31, 1943, she married Harvey Rookus, son of James and Katherine (Curtis) Rookus of Long Beach, before he was sent to North Africa, India and China with the Army Corp of Engineers. Until his return in 1946, she was a copy-writer/proofreader for Walker's Department Store in Long Beach.
Her husband's employment with Richfield Oil Corp, later Arco, covered 37 years and moves from Long Beach to Bakersfield, Calif., and Anchorage, Alaska. His surveying included Southern California, and the trans-Alaska oil pipeline project in Alaska. She was a homemaker for him and their children: Kathy, Peggy, Alan and Eric. She was active in Boy/Girl Scouts, PTA, Baptist Church and community activities.
Her Alaskan contacts began in 1974, with the Petroleum Wives' Club, 10 years volunteering at The Gilded Cage, and 10 years collecting coins for Easter Seals. She started Neighborhood Block Potlucks, the first Anchorage Neighborhood Watch group, and was active in the University Area Community Council.
Trailer trips around Alaska and Canada, visiting Arco friends and relatives in the Lower 48, and several cruises led to interest in genealogy. She and her husband helped start the Arco Retirees' Club, now Northern Lights Retirees' Club, and the Anchorage Genealogical Society. She was a member of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Family came first. She devoted time to both daughters in Girl Scouts, Kathy achieving Curved Bar, the highest rank in Girl Scouts then, and Alan and Eric reaching Eagle, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Survivors include: Kathy, Peggy, Alan and Eric; as well as five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Donations in her name may be made to The Alaska Zoo.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Nov. 3 to Nov. 5, 2017