One of Talkeetna’s longest living residents, Cliff Hudson, died on Friday. His service is planned for Saturday with a community potluck at the Latitude 62 following the graveside service.
Host Sue Deyoe speaks with Roberta Sheldon and Rick Ernst about the losses over the past year. A special reading from Sarah Birdsall, clips of Mike Fisher, Jay Hudson, Pete Dana and Norwood Marsh are featured. (59 min)
The family of Jay Hudson thanks all the people of Talkeetna that have been so kind and kept Jay in their prayers the past many months. The memorial service is planned for this Saturday, December 12 at 11 AM. The service will be held at Church on the Rock (formerly Talkeetna Community Church). A graveside service will be at 1 pm, followed by a community potluck gathering at Latitude 62.
The Mat Su Borough Assembly and Mayor Talis Colberg recognized Rodney Norwood Marsh posthumously Tuesday night at the Borough Assembly meeting. (more…)
Norwood Rodney Marsh, age 77, of Trapper Creek died quietly in his home Monday. (more…)
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.
Longtime resident and KTNA volunteer and huge supporter of the arts, Emmila Denny, died in a vehicle/train collision in Willow Thursday night. (photo courtesy of Jayme Spires – Emmila performs at the Sheldon Arts Hanger)
Long ago resident of Talkeetna, Pete Dana, has died at his home in Nimbin, NSW Australia. (the address at his home is PO Box 568, Nimbin NSW, Australia, 2480; to reach Laura O’Siggins, write PO Box 572, Big Fork, MT 59911)
Some of Pete’s music
Our interview with Pete last summer
In April and May of the year 2000, Talkeetna resident Mike Fisher traveled to Eastern Europe to experience the landscape by bicycle. After his trip, he shared his observations of the people, politics, and culture with the KTNA listening audience in three half-hour journal-style essays. Before Mike passed away early this year, he requested that Lithuanian Spring be aired again.We think you’ll agree that the trip was just as good the second time around.