Norma B. Markley



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Norma B. Markley

Peters Creek resident Norma B. Markley died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at Providence Hospital following complications from a head injury due to a sudden fall. She was 81.

A visitation was held on Dec. 9 in Eagle River, with funeral services on Dec. 10.

Mrs. Markley was born Sept. 2, 1930 in Oakland, Md. and was the youngest daughter of Simon Opel and Elsie Bietzel. In 1948, she married Clayton “Bud” Markley, and together they raised three children, Jack, Dan and Rachel.

Having previously vacationed in Alaska, the family drove the Alcan in 1970 and settled in Chugiak, which became her home for the next 41 years. The family built a log cabin and Norma enjoyed dog mushing and shooting her muzzle loader rifle. She loved fishing on the Kenai River, camping and canoeing. Known for her warm hospitality, she was always interested in a good story or a new recipe.

“Kind hearted and generous, she would cook feasts and send home leftovers with everyone. Norma’s laughter was contagious and her home was where every child and neighbor loved to be. She was a life long quilter and made sure every family member owned at least one quilt. She will be remembered for enjoying a good read and had a special fondness for her cats,” her family said.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Judy Markley of Wasilla; son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Patty Markley of Medical Lake, Wash.; daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and David Cavitt of Eagle River; grandchildren, Jennifer Tackitt, Jason Markley, Sarah Markley, Rebekah Carley and Hayley Cavitt; great-grandchildren, Kaitlynn and Kayanna Tackitt and Trevin and Emery Carley; sister, Mary Brenneman Frye of Grantsville, Md.; and brother, Robert Opel of Chugiak.

She will be buried next to her late husband, Clayton "Bud" Markley at Wasilla Aurora Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Janssen’s Evergreen Memorial Chapel.

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