Hannah Howard Obituary

Hannah Serina Howard
Hannah Serina Howard

December 12, 1940 - June 19, 2019
Born in Ekuk, Alaska
Resided in Dillingham, Alaska

Obituary

Hannah ‘Serina’ Howard, 78, from Dillingham, Alaska died peacefully the morning of June 19, 2019. Serina went to be with our Lord and Savior while in the arms of her daughter, Ruth.

Serina was born on December 12, 1940 in Ekuk, Alaska to Daniel ‘Ingvar’Johansen and Hannah Hiratsuka-Sorensen. She was a loving mother of seven children. Serina worked as a dietician for 14 years in Fairbanks, Alaska at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital until she moved back to Dillingham, where she worked several jobs: including waitress at Peter Pan Seafoods and cook for Kanakanak Hospital, Dillingham Senior Center and Gramma’s House.

Serina was an avid reader, enjoyed watching movies, playing bingo, pinochle, and board games. She also loved garage sales and finding great deals! But her all time favorite thing to do was visiting with her friends and family, especially her kids and grandkids! She loved them dearly and would save and buy things through out the year to be able to send a gift to each of her kids, grandkids and great grandkids for Christmas. Her kids said their mom was a beautiful, sweet, kind, loving, compassionate, strong, resilient and quiet mother who did not raise a hand or her voice to them, except for maybe with Wade, who most likely deserved it! One thing that tends to surprise people about Serina is that she had two sets of twins, and both sets were born on the December 16 but 4 years apart.

Serina is survived and will be sorely missed by her sister, Helene Sagmoen- Dillingham; stepsister, Selma Cearney- Ogden, Utah; her children; Ingrid (Nick) Timurphy- Dillingham, Bart (Katy) Howard- Wasilla, Theresa (Frank Sr.) Derrick- Wasilla, Henry (Bertha) Howard- Kwethluk, Wade (Colette) Howard- Fairbanks, and Ruth Lee Berry- Kenai.
Her grandchildren; Mattias, Francisco, Rico, Brian, Jessica, Kristine, Colleen, Corey, Brett, Tiara, Jesse, MaryBeth, Franke, Michael, Brandi, Sophia, Ezekiel, Tess, Hannah, Atan, Harley, Skyler, Riley, Helene (Ellie), Curtis, Felicia, Desirae, Melody, Derek, Dylan, Devan (Bebe) and numerous great-grandchildren.

Serina was preceded in death by her parents, Dan and Hannah; stepfather, Emil Sorensen; brother, Daniel Johansen; stepbrothers, Emil Jr. and Ralph Sorensen Sr.; her son, Harold Howard, and her precious granddaughter, Karis Derrick.

Please join Serina’s family in her Memorial Service on Monday, June 24, 2019 at the Northside Seventh Day Adventist Church, located at 204 W. 10th Avenue. The viewing is planned for 1:00-2:00 pm and the service, led by Mark Hiratsuka, will begin at 2:00 pm. Serina will be laid to rest at the Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery, upon her request, next to her son, Harold. A Celebration of Life potluck will be held afterwards at the Valley of the Moon Park.

Rest in peace, Serina
We love you and miss you already. You are always in our hearts until we meet again.

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