Carrie Lynn Kurka, beloved daughter and sister, passed away in Sterling on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016. She left us much too early and we miss her dearly even though she has gone home to be with the angels and her mother and father in our heavenly home.
Carrie was born Sept. 16, 1975 in Soldotna and spent her childhood on the peninsula, growing up in Nikiski on the family homestead on Island Lake. As a teenager, Carrie began a life of living internationally as a citizen of the world when her parents were transferred overseas for work. As a young adult, Carrie worked in the yachting industry, working her way up to Chief Steward on several privately owned yachts. Later in her career, she worked on boating builds, assisting boat owners in the construction and refurbishing of their boats.
She had an eye for beauty in all things and she was skilled in making others feel cared for and special. She excelled in her career of maritime hospitality, working all over the world before returning to Alaska in late 2015.
Carrie and her father, James Anthony Kurka made their home in Funny River and they enjoyed rediscovering the Alaska they had left so many years ago. Carrie could light up a room with her smile, her belly laughter and her overflowing generosity. She was our "sunshine girl," full of joy and a gift for infecting others with it. Holidays were always a willful, joyous expression of her optimistic, bright and loving personality.
Carrie was preceded in death by her mother, Mary, and her father, James.
She is survived by her six siblings, Teresa, Marilyn, Mark, Michael, Ann, and her twin, Christopher.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Dec. 29, 2016