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Marie Apok Virginia Anderson


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Marie Apok Virginia Anderson Obituary
Marie Apok Virginia Anderson, age 80, passed away at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

She was born in Ugiauvak "Kings Island," Alaska on March 10, 1938 to Leo and Agnes Kunnuk. Marie lived in Kenai over 40 years. She was a lifetime artist, seamstress, skin sewer and beader. Marie partnered with husband Doug on their businesses of "Anderson Anchors" and the "Tractor Doc" enterprise. She was still an active Avon Lady at 80 years young and Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church where she taught Sunday school, volunteered at many Tribal and local functions, was a Tribal Elder and a Domestic Violence Elder Advocate helping many women across the state, Champion Bowler, award winning gardener and quilter many times at the State Fair and was a top selling Avon Lady for decades.

Marie loved helping others, prayer groups and teatime, beading, berry picking and bingo, fishing and killing moose. She was beautiful, tough and tenacious Inupiat woman who cherished her life growing up on Ugiauvak carrying her strong voice, loving heart and talent to us wherever she was. An avid hunter who killed her last moose with her car, loved cooking and sharing Native foods and was a devoted wife of 42 years.

Marie was preceded in death by her brothers Leo, Vince, Paul, Timothy, Peter and Charles; daughter Diana; and grandchildren Graham and Angela.

She is survived by her husband Doug Anderson of Kenai; children, Cheri, Tag, Terrence, Darlene, Tia and Terese; siblings Joe, Julie, Theresa, Adrian, Dominic and William, and sister-in-law Ruth Kunnuk, all of Anchorage; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and cousins, nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, 225 South Spruce Street, Kenai AK 99611 at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. Father Tom Rush, OMI will be officiating, a reading of the Rosary at noon and a viewing at 12:30 p.m.

A potluck Celebration of Marie's life follows the service at the church, following this Marie will be laid to rest in the Kenai City Cemetery.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on May 15, 2018
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