Gene Pauline Gilman



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Gene Pauline Gilman

Chugiak resident Gene Gilman died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Wasilla. She was 88.

A public visitation was held Nov. 23 at Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel in Wasilla. Funeral service were held Nov. 24 at the River of Life Lutheran Church in Peters Creek. Reverend Ted Carlson and Chaplain Bert McQueen officiated.

Gene was born in Osborne, Kan., on April 8, 1924, and moved to Alaska in July of 1968. She worked for Motorola from 1963 to 1968, as an Avon Representative from 1970 to 2000, and as a lunch lady at Clark Middle School, East High, and Chugiak High from 1971 to 1979. She opened and managed an Iditarod gift shop from 1978 to 1986, and owned and operated her own business, The Sled Dog Shop, from 1986 to 1996.

She was affiliated with the Girl Scouts of America, Pearl Harbor Survivors, Iditarod, Fur Rondy, Parent Teacher Association, Chugiak Seniors, Rebekhas, American Legion and VFW.

On March 11, 1975, Gene was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Park Board for work on the Nunaka Valley Park. Presentation made by Gov. Bill Egan.

“Gene’s interests were in making the world a better place for everyone,” her family said. “She worked timelessly to these ends in myriad organizations, too many to include them all.

“She gave of herself to make the world a better place to live. She encouraged everyone to do the same. We will miss the woman who made a difference in all of our lives and the community.”

Gene was preceded in death by her sisters, Francis Katherine Simon and Mary Edith Koffski; mother, Lottie Florence Simon; father, Floyd Walter Simon; husband, Orville Jerome Gilman Jr.; and grandson, Harold Steven Bogda III.

She is survived by her daughter, Sandra Jones of Arizona; daughters and sons-in-law, Leslie and David Wheeler, Antoinette and Garry Bowley and Rocelyn and Tom Daniels, all of Alaska; sons and daughters-in-law, Orville and Deanna Gilman and Zachary and Elizabeth Gilman of Alaska; brother, Kenneth Simon of Arizona; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, grandchildren and great grandchildren in Alaska, Texas, Florida, Arizona, California, Kansas and Washington.

Arrangements were by Alaskan Heritage Memorial Chapel.

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