Iva Phillips of Soldotna, 79, passed away in Buckeye, Ariz., surrounded by loving family on Friday, March 21, 2014, after a short illness.
Services will be held in July on the Kenai River.
Iva was born in Emmett, Idaho on Sept. 5, 1934 to George and Mildred Gardner. Iva grew up in and graduated high school in 1951 from Emmett, Idaho. Iva married Leo Phillips on August 14, 1951 in Lovelock, Nev., and had four children.
After getting married Leo and Iva decided to move to Alaska in 1960 where they lived in Soldotna. Over the years Iva and Leo purchased property on the Kenai River and developed that property into what is called Poachers Cove today. After selling Poachers Cove and the retirement of Leo they purchased land again on the Kenai River and settled there during the summer while traveling to the Lower 48 in the winters.
Iva enjoyed reading, traveling, picnics on the Kenai and spending time with all of her family.
Iva was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and infant son Byron.
She is survived by three children, Chris Phillips of Buckeye, Ariz., and Peggy Johnson and Mary Lou Willis, both of Soldotna; other family members, Wayne Johnson and Randy Willis, both of Soldotna; grandchildren, Jalanie (Brandon) Miller, Chris (Shay) Johnson, Liz (Frank) Giver, Jessica (Cole) Young, Mary (Mike) Hamby and Brian (Rachel) Willis, all living on the Kenai Peninsula, and CJ Frady of Washington; six great-grandchildren, Felicity, William, Patrick, Evey, Brock, and Carter; siblings Tom (Yoshiko) Gardner of Council, Idaho, Susie (Dick) Burns of Meridian, Idaho, and Butch (Joyce) Gardner of New Meadows, Idaho.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Apr. 10, 2014