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Mary Aniska (Edwards) Flood

1933 - 2010 Obituary Condolences
Mary Aniska (Edwards) Flood Obituary
Mary Aniska (Edwards) Flood, longtime resident of Lake Minchumina, passed away at the Sitka Pioneers' Home on Aug. 11, 2010, where she had resided for eight months.  
Mary was dearly loved by all the members of the Lake Minchumina community where she lived since the mid-1950s. Her burial service at the lake was held on Aug.14, with many former residents of the lake in attendance.
Mary was born Oct. 23, 1933, near Holy Cross, to Charles and Antonia Edwards. She attended Holy Cross Mission for schooling through the eighth grade. She met her husband, Tom Flood, in Ester, where she was working as a nanny. Mary and Tom were married on April 18, 1954, in Fairbanks.
Mary and Tom enjoyed living at Lake Minchumina where they built their log cabin home and gardens. They fished and trapped using dog teams and later used snowmachines. In the summer they would clam dig and commercial fish in Cordova. Mary was recognized in the community as a very good small engine mechanic. In 1982 she won the World Championship Rock Skipping Contest held annually at Lake Minchumina.
Mary was a petite lady who enjoyed beading, sewing fur mittens and hats, knitting socks and sweaters. She was a great cook and loved to grow vegetables and flowers in her garden. She loved to hunt, fish and trap - and she took pleasure in teaching others these skills. In later years Tom and Mary enjoyed traveling to Hawaii and The Philippines. 
In 1972 Mary became postmistress at Lake Minchumina. She used her dog team to get to and from work until they bought a snowmachine. She retired in 1992 after Tom passed away.
Mary had several siblings: Rita, Phillip, Joseph, Peter, Moses, Alphonsa and Martina. She is survived by many nieces and nephews including nieces Clara Demientieff of McGrath,  Jenny Sauder of Redding, Pa., Marie Alexie of Holy Cross, Rita (and Lew) Whalen of Takotna, and Marty (and Bruce) Wilson of Fairbanks.
Donations in memory of Mary may be made to the Lake Minchumina Community Library, P.O. Box 50, Lake Minchumina, AK 99757.
Published in Daily News-Miner from Aug. 27 to Aug. 29, 2010
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