Jacqueline (Jacque Dusenbury) Eileen Wood of Palmer passed away on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. She was 71.
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Jacque was born in Custer, South Dakota on Nov. 11, 1942 to Lawrence Charles and Martha Rose Swanson.
Jacque first came to Alaska in 1971 for the summer, then came back in 1980 to stay. She met Raymond Wood in 1981 while working as a waitress at the Lighthouse in Nikiski. And so their adventure began! They built a home in Nikiski, bought a plane, camped, hiked, traveled and dreamed together. Jacque had found what she came to Alaska for! Raymond's work took them to Boise, Idaho and Denver, Colorado, but Jacque's heart was in Alaska. They settled in Palmer and built another home together.
Many will remember Jacque as their swim instructor at the Nikiski pool, or as their coach in Special Olympics. Her grandchildren will remember her for her adventurous spirit and never ending love and support.
Jacque is survived by her two children, William Emerson of Soldotna and Marti Pepper and her husband Robert Pepper of Nikiski; husband Raymond Wood of Palmer; grandchildren Christian Pepper, Kara (Timblin) Raber, Joshua Pepper, Cassie Emerson, Daniel Emerson, Jacqueline Pepper and Mathew Emerson; brother Dale Swanson; nephews Eddie, Jeff, Dale and Larry Kirtpatrick; nieces Kim and Michelle Boes, Melanie and Angie Swanson; and great-granddaughters Kayle and Malissa.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Organization or to our local Special Olympics.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Jan. 7, 2014