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Kay Jackson Mitchell

Sterling resident Kay Jackson Mitchell died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, in the presence of her family. She was 73.

A celebration of her life will be conducted Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Sterling Senior Citizens Center.

Mrs. Mitchell was born July 19, 1929, in Syracuse, N.Y., to Walter T. Jackson Jr. and Kay Conner Randle. She met and married the love of her life, William R. "Bob" Mitchell, in Tacoma, Wash. They moved to Alaska in August 1973, and Kay became an Alaskan the moment she arrived, her family said.

"Kay touched many lives in her varied careers, including host of the Moose River Lodge and Moose River Pizza. Kay also was known affectionately as 'The Mustard Lady' to many locals and travelers to Alaska from around the world," her family said.

"Kay enjoyed the Kenai River, her friends, her family, cooking and all that touched her life in love and laughter. She was involved in many activities and found her treasure in the Sterling senior center and its community activities, especially lively games of hand and foot."

She was preceded in death by her husband, William R. "Bob" Mitchell; son, Charles B. "Bodie" Smith; and daughter, Karen E. Smith.

She is survived by sons, Geoffrey O. Smith and his wife, Diane, of Tacoma, Peter L. Smith of West Valley, Utah, Robinson W. Smith of Tacoma and Jay C. Smith and his wife, Karen, of Soldotna; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Suzanne Hagenlocher of Castleton, Vt.; one niece; and three nephews.

In lieu of usual remembrances, memorial donations may be made to the Sterling Senior Citizens Center, P.O. Box 154, Sterling, AK 99672.

Arrangements were made by Anchorage Funeral Home.

Source: Peninsula Clarion, January 21, 2003



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