Virginia E. Abalama

Was 85 years old when she stepped into eternity from her home on August 20, 2019.

She had a strong faith in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ and frequently expressed her faith.

Mom was born in her family home on December 18, 1933 in Egegik, Alaska to Elena and Nicoli Modoc. She has three living sisters: Serefema “Sal” Vansant (husband Frank, Sr), Nena Miller (husband Sam) and Alaska “Ann” Akler (husband Ken). Her parents and two of her siblings passed before her: sister Lena Grindle (deceased husband Fred) and brother Demetri Oaks (living wife Maria). Mom married Nick Abalama, Sr on August 19, 1948 in Naknek, Alaska. She has nine living children: Curtis, Vera Whitney (Calvin), Shirley Kelly (husband Chris Erpelding), Nina Furman (husband Steven), Harriet Jones (deceased husband Mike), Ronald (wife Joyce Elvehjem), Charles (deceased wife Carol Chmiel), Angeline Nerguson (deceased husband Oscar) and Lawrence. Mom has one living stepdaughter: Agraphina “Olga” Ward. Four of Mom’s children are deceased: JoAnn Boegers, Lucas, Arthur, and Nick Jr. She also adopted two children: Elena Mary Gravelle (husband Mike) and Amber (Ian). Mom’s formal education was at the BIA School in Egegik through 3rd grade. She was a fulltime Mom to many and worked as a seasonal worker at the APA cannery in the Egg House, Mess-hall and Laundry from 1962 – 1979, and as a cook in the Egegik School from 1975 – 1989. Mom delighted in picking berries, sewing, knitting, smelting and taking care of her grandchildren. Mom and Dad moved to Anchorage in 1990 and then to Wasilla in 1992. Mom enjoyed exploring Southcentral with Dad and he always said she is his second pair of eyes. They put thousands of miles on the old Buick, checking out their surroundings. She loved shopping at Value Village for treasures and playing her card game on the iPad. She looked forward to going to church and to Native New Life. Her and Dad faithfully prayed for all of their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren by name.

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Celebration of her life is at Wasilla Bible Church on Monday, August 26, 2019 at 7:30pm.

The internment will follow later at the Fort Richardson National Cemetery, where Virginia will be laid to rest next to Tec 5 Nick Abalama Sr, her husband of 68 years.

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