Eugenia M. Straayer (Gena)
94, passed peacefully in the early hours of August 4 after a sudden illness.
Gena was born in 1924 in Grand Rapids MI to H. Shelly and Ruth Robinson. She moved to Alaska with her husband Jack in 1976. Gena loved their travels to many parts of the state, hunting, fishing, camping, and care-taking remote locations. When their wanderlust faded, they settled in Palmer. Gena worked in various positions at the Palmer Senior Center thru the age of 90. She was active in the Goldduster’s Homemaker Club. She loved to knit, making beautiful gifts for family and friends. She also provided mittens to some elementary schools. She brought sandwich supplies to the YAK youth center each month. Gena attended the United Protestant Church in Palmer. She was a kind and generous person who enjoyed the friendship of many people just like her. Gena was blessed to be able to live independently until her illness.
She was preceded in death by her husband Jack; her sister Edwina; and infant son Joseph.
She is survived by her brother Van (Rosemary); and her children Jack (Joyce), Jim (Linda), Shelly, and Kris (Steve); as well as numerous grand children and great- grandchildren.
A celebration of her life is planned for Friday, August 30, 3PM at the United Protestant Church in Palmer. Memorial donations may be made to the YAK, 173 S. Valley Way #2, Palmer, AK 99645 or to the United Protestant Church, 713 S Denali St., Palmer AK 99645.