Ellen Emmaline Adcock
Ellen Emmaline Adcock, 62, died Nov. 25 at her Wasilla home following a lengthy
illness with cancer. In accordance with her wishes, there will be no service.
Mrs. Adcock was born Jan. 14, 1926, in Lacona, Iowa. She moved to Alaska in
1949, driving up the all-dirt Alcan Highway with her husband in a 1948 Dodge
flatbed truck. She lived in Spenard until 1956, then homesteaded off Knik Goose
Bay Road near Wasilla. In 1951 while out on a dory in the Cook Inlet on her way
home from a Point MacKenzie fish camp, Mrs. Adcock gave birth to her oldest
daughter and had to be rescued off the Ship Creek mudflats by the only ambulance
in Anchorage, which took her to Providence Hospital. Mrs. Adcock worked as a
telephone operator for 10 years for the White Alice military communication site.
She was a 30year member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Wasilla Veterans of
Foreign War, and was a 4H leader while her children were young. She was known in
the Valley for her wedding cakes and her oil paintings. She was an avid bird
watcher and grew a large vegetable garden every summer.
She leaves her husband of 43 years, Clinton, of Wasilla; her son, Daniel, and
her daughters, Dixi Goldsmith and Lynn Bryant, all of Wasilla; her sisters, Mona
Houseman, of North Platte, Neb., and Lola Griffith, of Laramie, Wyo.; her
brother, Loyd Needles, of Baycliff, Texas; and seven grandchildren. Memorials
may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 406 W. Fireweed Lane, Suite 101,
Anchorage 99503. Local arrangements were by Kehl's Palmer Memorial Chapel.
Source: Anchorage Daily News, 29 November 1988