Mozelle Nalan

  • "Mozelle, I will miss you very much. I regret that I only..."
    - Mandy Van Ausdal
  • "Miss Mozelle you have touched my life in the short time we..."
    - Nicole Cravalho
  • "If you would like to contribute for the cost of laying Miss..."
    - Mary Butts
  • "Dearest Mozelle, Thank you for touching my life with you..."
    - Jessie Lawrence
  • "I met Mozelle at a conference this year, I loved her smile..."

Leap Year Day 1992, in Whitehorse, Yukon, Ken and Natasha Nalan were blessed with an adorable baby girl, Mozelle. Mozelle became extremely ill and doctors did not expect her to survive an emergency surgery at 36 hours old. God blessed Mozelle's family and they enjoyed her bright blue eyes and shining spirit for 19 years, 4 months and 17 days. We are striving to thank God for the precious years we had her instead of those we lost.

Mozelle spent her childhood years in Skagway, Alaska. Many happy times were spent with her dog Shelley. During summer she would hike to and camp at Upper Lake with Judy Selmer, and even hiked the Chilkoot Trail. Zell could write and sing wonderful songs. She loved skiing, swimming, rock climbing, zip lines but most of all playing with siblings. She attended horse camp at Heart-Bar Ranch first as a camper then as a counselor. Her Baha'I faith was important to her.

Mozelle was honored to attend NCCI in London, Ontario. Mozelle enjoyed her teachers and friends. She happily immersed herself in dance, music, and theater.

Mozelle then moved with her mother and siblings to the Seattle area to be closer to the medical care she needed. During her treatments she would take time to visit teenage cancer patients during their chemo. Her love of horses led her to volunteer at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Stable. She had hoped to make this her career.

Sadly that desire to serve others was cut short when she was murdered while volunteering in Anchorage.

Please honor Mozelle's life of service by doing a good deed on Leap Year Day.

Survived by her parents, beloved siblings Erik, Aurora and Layli, and extended family. We thank the community for their concern and support. Donations would be greatly appreciated through the Mozelle Nalan Memorial Fund at Key Bank Alaska to lay her body to rest. A celebration of life will take place at the Anchorage Baha'I Center on 74th Avenue, 2 p.m. Sunday the 24th for friends and family followed by a potluck.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from July 23 to July 25, 2011