by Sue Deyoe ~ September 3rd, 2009
A special service will be held for long time Talkeetna resident Emmila Denny on Labor Day. There will be a public viewing at 11 AM at the VFW, followed by a private service for her family and VFW members only. General public is invited to join them at the VFW at 12:30 for the funeral procession ON FOOT to the cemetery. The graveside service begins at 1:30 PM and the Celebration Parade to the Sheldon Arts Hanger immediately follows (boas, hats and kazoos are optional). In true Emmila fashion, the parade will lead to a potluck and live music at the Hangar until 6 pm. An after-party is planned at the VFW Post 3836. Want information on the procession? Call Mary Farina; Amanda Randles is planning the parade and DX is handling the potluck.
Below is Emmila’s obituary:
Emmila Ann Denny, 66, died in an instant Aug. 20, 2009, at a Willow rail crossing. Services will be Monday in Talkeetna, with a public viewing at VFW Post 3836 from 11 a.m. to noon, and a private Women’s Auxillary ceremony for VFW members and family only from noon to 12:30 p.m. The community is invited to join in the funeral procession (walking only) from the VFW to the Talkeetna Cemetery, gathering at the VFW parking lot at 12:30 p.m. All are welcome at the graveside service, which begins at 1 p.m. A celebration of Emmila’s life will be afterward, with music and a potluck at the Arts Hangar. She was born Nov. 21, 1942, in Arkansas. A Moudy daughter, perhaps better known as Belles Liberte of Talkeetna’s own Green Light Circus, and there are those who may only know her by voice as the host of ‘Granny’s Radio Recipes,’ Emmila is dearly loved by all who know her and will be forever remembered. This town of Talkeetna is built on the lives of people like Emmila. She was a co-founder of many community projects in her more than 40 years as a Talkeetnan. She may have been most proud of the library. Supreme in our minds is her longstanding and untiring toil with the Denali Arts Council, or the Talkeetna Community Radio, or GLC, or the VFW, the list goes on and on. Emmila was the village Fee Agent for many years and then as owner operator of the Myrtle Marie Moudy Assisted Living Home, and with other agencies, had been caring for those with health problems for close to 30 years now. Caring for Alaskans all over the Valley, she was, to the very last minute, on that mission. Emmila was preceded in death by her parents, Irving Moudy and Myrtle Waters; and siblings, Willadean Little, James and John Moudy. Emmila is survived by her loving husband, R.G. Denny; son, Kirk E. Carey; and grandsons, Mitchell and Alexander; daughter, Jayme L.S. Moudy-Ferrier; dear sister, Marva J. Larson; nieces, Lora Nelson and Becky Smith, all their sons and daughters, and husbands and wives; and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and beloved friends. Of all the people Emmila loved and cherished and nurtured, the most personal bond was that with Raven Borealis Ballou, her pride and joy. And I, R.G. Denny, am forever grateful for her love; she saved my life.
We at KTNA will miss you, Emmila. We miss your smile, your laugh, your service and commitment to community.