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.
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
Source: Peninsula Clarion, January 21, 2003