Soldotna resident Mary Marie Reid, 88, died peacefully at her home Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 with family by her side.
Services will be held at Peninsula Memorial Chapel on Friday, Feb. 28 with a noon viewing, 1:00 p.m. service and burial immediately following at Kenai City Cemetery. An open house potluck will be hosted at her granddaughter's from 3-6 p.m.
Mary was born on Jan. 16, 1926 in Port Heiden to Annie and Olaf Matson. Mary met her husband Don following WWII when he was stationed there as the airport manager. They homesteaded in Ninilchik in the early 1960s and moved to Don's hometown in Washington following the 1964 quake before returning to their homestead in the early 1970s and eventually moving to Kenai and Anchorage before settling in their home in Soldotna in 1992.
She was proud of her work as a radio operator in her village during WWII, sending messages to the nearby Army Air Corps stations on the Aleutian Chain by Morse code. She and Don raised six children and she was very proud of her family. She worked hard and no one ever went hungry when they visited grandma's house. She was a master of Solitaire and she enjoyed playing every day.
Mary was preceded in death by her beloved husband Donald Reid; two of her sons, Jason and Elliott Reid; grandchildren Andrew Reid and Lisa Haviland; and son-in-law Kenneth Marquis.
She is survived by her children Eugene Reid of Kenai; Rebecca Marquis of Kenai; Archie (Carla) Reid of Port Heiden; Anna (Peter) Strunk of Kenai; and 73 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren with three more due this year.
Condolences can be sent to her family at 262 Marcus Ave; Soldotna, AK 99669.
Peninsula Memorial Chapels & Crematory
5839 Kenai Spur Hwy. Kenai, AK 99611
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Feb. 27, 2014