Longtime Alaska resident Elaine Martha Dick, 74, died peacefully after a lengthy illness on May 3, 2014, surrounded by family at her home, Elaine's Place Assisted Living, in Anchorage.
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Elaine was born February 13, 1940, in Beach, North Dakota, to Oliver and Norma Everette, and was the third of five children. Her father's work as a pastor moved the family often, and she graduated in the top ten of her high school class in Sweet Home, Oregon in 1958. The family moved that year to Fairbanks where her father accepted a call to Fairbanks Lutheran Church.
Elaine began nursing school in Oregon, but a bout of encephalitis left her unable to continue. She transferred to Pacific Lutheran University to study elementary education. During the summers she worked at Golden Electric in Fairbanks, where she met her future husband Henry Noble Dick, Jr. He insisted she finish her degree before marrying, and a favorite family story is that he sent the engagement ring to her in an uninsured letter via the US Postal Service. They wed August 4, 1962 in Fairbanks.
Elaine and Noble moved to Anchorage in 1963, and survived the 1964 earthquake in their downtown apartment. They moved several times for Noble's work before resettling in Alaska in 1972. After one year in Anchorage and three in Dillingham, they returned to Anchorage to stay. Elaine taught third grade in Clear, kindergarten in Dillingham, and worked as an elementary special education teacher for the Anchorage School District.
She enjoyed sewing, and formed deep friendships through her water aerobics group at the Alaska Club. She volunteered at the Anchorage Pioneer Home, and was actively involved at Central Lutheran Church. She was an inspiration to others through her elegant and quiet ways, and will be remembered by family for her faith, strength and patience. She had a sweet loving nature, a kind heart, and is also remembered for her blue-green eyes and contagious smile.
Elaine is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Dick of Anchorage; son, George Dick and future daughter-in-law, Becca Simpson of Seattle; sister and brother-in-law, Esther and Chuck Hunt; brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Sharon Everette; sister, Mavis Mitten; brother and sister-in-law, Oliver and Pat Everette; best friend and caregiver, Melissa Hutchens Etheredge; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and devoted members of the Anchorage medical community. She was preceded in death by her husband Noble and her parents, Oliver and Norma.
The family invites you to a celebration of her life on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at Central Lutheran Church, 1420 Cordova Street at 2 p.m., preceded by a viewing at 1 p.m. Reception to follow.
Arrangements were made by Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her honor to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Donations details at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/about_ninds/gift_fund.htm.
Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel
737 E. Street Anchorage, AK 99501
Published in Alaska Dispatch News from May 8 to May 9, 2014