Marilyn Jean Harris, 57, of Palmer died Jan. 30, 2011, at her home.
A memorial service for family and close friends will be at 2 p.m. at Matanuska Assembly of God Church, 12801 W. Arctic Ave., in Palmer.
Marilyn was born Jan. 1, 1954, in Juneau to Jean and Edward Hughes.
Marilyn moved to California when she was 5 years old and lived there until she was 37 years old.
She moved back to Alaska with her two daughters, Megan and Jeanne, and remained here until her untimely passing.
Her family wrote that Marilyn enjoyed music, the beach and the ocean, along with gardening
and spending time with her daughters.
Marilyn was diagnosed with cancer in November 2010 and was a fighter all the way through her courageous battle, her family wrote. Marilyn was an amazing woman, friend and mother who had such a personality it was hard for those who met her not to like her.
She will be dearly missed by her family and friends, especially her daughters.
Marilyn is survived by her daughters, Jeanne Harris, 22, of Fairbanks and Megan Harris, 21, of Texas; her mother, Jean Hughes of Palmer; and uncle, Lyle Hughes and wife Marie and their two children, Brent and Scott of California.
She was preceded in death by her father, the Rev. Edward L. Hughes, and her brother, David Michael Hughes.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in her memory be made to the American Cancer Society
The family was cared for by Valley Funeral Home and Crematory in Wasilla.
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Published by Anchorage Daily News from Feb. 13 to Feb. 17, 2011.