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Longtime Alaskan Thelma P. McCullough, 94, died of natural causes June 7, 2007, at Christian Cottages Assisted Living in Anchorage.
A memorial service will be at noon Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Tok. The Rev. Terry Brigner will officiate.
Thelma was born Dec. 21, 1912, in Akron, Ohio, to John and Hannah Peck.
She moved to Alaska in May 1961 with her husband, Jim, and their children.
Thelma worked after World War II for B.F. Goodrich Co. for a time. After moving to Alaska, she worked at Chistochina Lodge and then at the Mentasta School. Thelma loved to sew, making costumes and ornaments for the Slana and Mentasta schools. At one time she belonged to the War Mothers, the Moose Lodge and the Garden Club in Akron, Ohio. Thelma was also a life member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Her family wrote: "Thelma was a pioneer in the truest sense of the word. One of her greatest joys was her granddaughter Janeal and her blue bird of happiness."
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Alice and Wayne Hooper of Ohio; daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Dan Hoadley of Glennallen; son, Mark McCullough of Slana; daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Howard Hancock of Anchorage; daughter and son-in-law, Maureen and George Evans of Tok; son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Melody McCullough of Wasilla; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; son, Michael W. Gorring Jr.; and her friend and companion, Bill Schrank.
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