Homer Alaska - Obituaries

Story last updated at 6:47 PM on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Carolyn Ellen Roderick


Carolyn Ellen Roderick

May 11, 1952-April 14, 2012

Longtime Anchor Point resident, Mrs. Carolyn Ellen Roderick, 59, died Saturday, April 14, 2012, at her home in Anchor Point. Memorial services will be held 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at The Chapman School Gymnasium in Anchor Point. A potluck will be held one hour before services start.

Mrs. Roderick was born May 11, 1952, in California. Her family drove the Alaska Highway in 1955 and she homesteaded in Anchor Point until she married Paul Roderick. They lived in Homer briefly while they finished their home in Anchor Point. She worked for Aprils Hotel-Anchor River Inn in the 1960s. Carolyn worked for several canneries on the lower Kenai Peninsula in the early 1970s. When she married Paul she became a stay at home mom and community volunteer who helped with the family business up until January of 2011. She loved the Lord Jesus Christ, Gods creation and her family was her church.

Carolyn was a Girl Scout, was a community event coordinator for the Anchor Point Community Association and was always active at The Chapman School PTA. She was an EMT I, II, and III for 15 years, instructor for five years and EMS Chief for one year. Carolyn was also a First Aid/ CPR instructor for many years and was a certified instructor for the Anchor Point Disaster Response. She helped found Helping Hands, Flex School, The GED program, was a member of Anchor Point Public Library and participated in the First Cabin Fever Variety Shows in Anchor Point.

Carolyn loved gardening, camping, spending time outdoors, helping people in need, sewing, and loving her children and adopted children.

The family wrote, Mom, Big Mama, Grandma, and Mrs. Roderick were the many names she was known for. Just call me Carolyn, Mom is OK, and Grandma is fine too. Just live simply, always give, and there is always time to talk. She always made you feel important and your feelings are just as important. A friend to all: If you were homeless, you werent homeless for long. If you were hungry, you never were if she had anything to do with it. If you didnt have a job, she would find you one. If you were a kid who just needed an ear and a big shoulder, she was there. If you had a favorite food or drink and you came to visit more than twice, she would have it there for you. There was never Its Impossible it was always Lets figure it out. The coffee pot was always on, a band aid (and more) always handy and the bucketfuls of love were and still are never-ending.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Symens and Wilma (Stradling) Symens.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Roderick of Anchor Point, brothers, John Symens of Anchor Point and Jerry Symens of Arizona; sons, Marc, Matthew, David and Andrew Roderick of Anchor Point; daughters, Sara Roderick, Rachel Bice, Elizabeth Roderick, and Martha Roderick all of Anchor Point; grandchildren, Neill, Aurora, and Ethan Roderick, Hannah Hill, Jimmy Kraszeski, Connor Roderick, Dustin Proffer, Nathaniel Roderick, Robert Thibert, David Jr., Tapanga, and Keith Roderick, Roen, Llena, Kaasha, and Matthew Bice, Halen Ryland, and Angus McCowen.

Memorial donations may be made to The Carolyn Roderick Memorial Scholarship Fund by calling 907-235-6700.

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