Myra Lynn Laakso
Myra Laakso passed away peacefully in her home on Saturday, March 26, 2016, due to natural causes at 64. She was born in Seattle on March 24, 1952, but spent 61 years in Alaska. She loved Alaska and was proud to call it home.
She was an avid gardener and one of the best horticulturists around. She received many awards during her gardening career at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Myra always gave the shirt off her back. She took in anyone who needed help and opened her home to anybody in the neighborhood. She was known for her wonderful cooking and unique generosity. She loved most to be at her cabin on the Clearwater River in Delta Junction. That was her serenity and piece of heaven while here on earth.
She wed her husband, Raymond Laakso, on the river on July 6, 1974. She would always be the last one standing at the camp fire every night, enjoying every minute of her time there. Myra had two daughters and four grandchildren that were very dear to her heart. She always wanted her grandkids to make sure they understood good manners, morals and values. She will be missed by many.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Junetta Peterson, father Melwyn Peterson and sister Susan Neff.
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Raymond Laakso; daughters Sherae Laakso and Crystal Hector; grandchildren Reese Bowman, Riley Bowman, Brody Hector and Ali Hector; sons-in-law Howard Bowman and Joshua Hector; brothers Robin Peterson, Larry Peterson and their wives, Karen Peterson and Judith Hassinger-Peterson; and more than 30 nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 4, at Chapel of Chimes Legacy Funeral Home, located at 415 Illinois St. in Fairbanks. A celebration of life will follow at Pagoda restaurant in North Pole. Myra loved flowers, and flowers can be sent to Chapel of Chimes in her name.