OBITUARIES

Loveda Hobbs
1918-2003

Kenai resident Loveda Louise Hobbs died Friday, May 9 at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 84.
Funeral services and viewing were held Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Kenai Chapel, followed by burial at the Kenai City Cemetery.
Mrs. Hobbs was born May 28, 1918 in Dougherty, Okla. She moved to Alaska in 1957. She had lived in Homer and Skagway before moving to Kenai. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She also enjoyed quilting, art, geneology, travel and was a beginning writer.
“Loveda, lovingly called Granny, was a very stubborn and strong willed lady, but was a very gentle, kind and giving person, not only of herself but of all her resources. She homesteaded 160 acres in Homer, starting in 1958 and lived on the Kenai Peninsula most of the time since. She was very active in her church and was always a missionary of faith. We will all miss her very much,” her family said.
Mrs. Hobbs was preceded in death by a her husband, Victor Hobbs and three brother. She is survived by her sons, Carl Hoover of Skagway, James Hoover of Nikiski, and Ray Hoover of Pointe, Texas; daughter, Gail Flynn of Alder Brook, Wash.; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Margaret Easson of Enid, Okla. – Submitted by Peninsula Memorial Chapel for the family.

Memorial services planned for Sandy Grunow, Lynne Ruff
Memorial services for Sandy Grunow, owner of Sgt. Preston’s Lodge, will be held on May 24 in Whitehorse and on May 31 in Skagway.
Grunow succumbed to cancer on June 4 after a nine-month battle with the illness. A complete obituary will appear in the May 30 edition.
Services for Grunow, who was well known in the Yukon – Watson Lake was her home for many years – as well as Skagway, will be held on Saturday, May 24 at 2 p.m. at Mt. MacIntyre Center in Whitehorse, and on Saturday, May 31 at 4 p.m. at the Eagles Hall in Skagway. A pot luck will follow.
Services also have been planned for May 24 in Skagway for the late Lynne Ruff, a beloved Skagway elementary teacher who died on Dec. 7, 2002 after a short illness at her winter home in Arizona.
The family decided to have services in Skagway after they returned in May. Mrs. Ruff’s memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 24 at the WP&YR rail depot.