February 1992 – July 2011
Leap Year Day 1992, in Whitehorse, Yukon, Ken and Natasha Nalan were blessed with an adorable baby girl, Mozelle.
Mozelle became extremely ill and doctors did not expect her to survive an emergency surgery at 36-hours-old. God blessed Mozelle's family and they enjoyed her bright blue eyes and shining spirit for 19 years, 4 months and 17 days. We are striving to thank God for the precious years we had her instead of those we lost.
Mozelle spent her childhood years in Skagway. Many happy times were spent with her dog, Shelley. During summer she would hike to and camp at Upper Lake with Judy Selmer, and even hiked the Chilkoot Trail. Zell could write and sing wonderful songs. She loved skiing, swimming, rock climbing, zip lines but most of all playing with siblings. She attended horse camp at Heart-Bar Ranch first as a camper then as a counselor. Her Baha'I faith was important to her.
Mozelle was honored to attend NCCI in London, Ontario. Mozelle enjoyed her teachers and friends. She happily immersed herself in dance, music, and theater.
Mozelle then moved with her mother and siblings to the Seattle area in 2007 to be closer to the medical care she needed. During her treatments she would take time to visit teenage cancer patients during their chemo. Her love of horses led her to volunteer at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Stable. She had hoped to make this her career. Sadly that desire to serve others was cut short when she was murdered while volunteering in Anchorage.
Please honor Mozelle's life of service by doing a good deed on Leap Year Day.
Mozelle is survived by her parents, beloved siblings Erik, Aurora and Layli, and 10 half brothers and sisters. We thank the community for their concern and support. Donations would be greatly appreciated through the Mozelle Nalan Memorial Fund at Key Bank Alaska to lay her body to rest. A celebration of life took place at the Anchorage Baha'I Center on Sunday July 24 for friends and family, followed by a potluck.
A Skagway remembrance service and celebration of Mozelle’s life will be held at Seven Pastures on Sunday, July 31 at 4 p.m.. There will be a half-hour ceremony officiated by local ministers, and then the celebration will begin. People are welcome to stop by, bring food and share memories of Mozelle. Please bring meat for the barbecue or other dishes. All are welcome, especially musicians with their instruments. Mozelle loved music.
The family especially thanks Samantha Welch and Brandy Mayo for their valued friendship. – Submitted by the family.
Editor's note: Coverage of the Skagway memorial appeared in the August 12, 2011 issue.
Jan. 1982 - July 2011
Former Skagway resident Jesse Lane, 29, of Rockford, Illinois, died Monday, July 4, 2011. He was born Jan. 9, 1982, in Juneau, Alaska, to Rocky and Debra (Evans) Lane. He married Angel West on Jan. 18, 2006, in Rockford. He worked for Reliable Machine Co., and enjoyed fishing and tattoos.
Lane is survived by wife, Angel; daughters, Hailey and Alexia Lane; son, Memphis Lane; mother, Debra Lane; and brother, Hunter Lane. He was predeceased by his father, Rocky Lane. A memorial service was held on Friday, July 8, at Honquest Family Funeral Homes with Crematory, Rockford Chapel. A celebration of life was held Saturday, July 9, at the Quamm residence. For details, please contact Hunter Lane. Express condolences and share memories online at honquestfh.com. – Submitted from the Rockford Register Star