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Story last updated at 1:23 PM on Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Marilyn I. Dimmick


March 19, 1938 July 24, 2012

Longtime Alaskan and Kenai resident Marilyn I. Dimmick, 74, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with her family by her side.

A celebration of life will be 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at the Kenai Senior Center. Reverends Janice Colton and Marti Stater will officiate. A private graveside was held in the Kenai City Cemetery.

Marilyn was born March 19, 1938, in Pittsburgh, Pa. She moved to Alaska in 1962, residing in Anchorage. There, she worked for the State of Alaska Division of Aviation from 1967-69. She then moved to Ninilchik, where she owned and operated Mamas Kitchen Take-Out from 1974-94. She moved to Kenai in 1992.

Marilyn was a member of the United Methodist Church in Kenai. She was also the Director of Alaska Municipal League, on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission, Assembly, and School Board. She was also on the City of Kenai Beautification Committee and active in the Kenai Community Care Center.

Marilyn enjoyed gardening, kids and public service. She was also on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity, Friends of the Kenai Library and on the board of directors for Alaska Walk to Emmaus.

Marilyn was absolutely devoted to improving life for people on the Kenai. We will miss her terribly as will all who knew her, her family said.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Margaret (Cunningham) Dithrich. She is survived by her husband, Michael W. Dimmick of Kenai; daughters, Amy Lynn Dimmick of Kasilof, Natalie Ann Stanton and husband, Max, of Kenai, Cali Victoria Dimmick of Abingdon, Va., Karen Justina Towle of Anchorage, and Kathryn Margaret Schmidt and husband, Rob, of Petaluma, Calif.; 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; sister, Joan Pietras and husband, John, of Richmond, Va., three nephews, and her brother, Edward Ditchrich and his wife, Ellen of Pennsylvania.

Rather than flowers, the family prefers memorial donations be sent to Kenai Community Care Center, 320 S. Spruce Street, Kenai, AK 99611 or Central Peninsula Hospital Foundation, 250 Hospital Place, Soldotna, AK 99669.

Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.