Edna Sue Karmun Oliver
Edna Sue Karmun Oliver was born on October 1, 1956 in Deering, Alaska. She was the sixth child and fifth daughter born to Dan and Ethel Karmun.
Edna graduated from Nome Beltz High School in 1974. She went to work at B&R Tug & Barge and then Bonanza Fuel, Bering Straits Native Corporation and finally at Norton Sound Health Corporation.
Edna married Jerry Oliver on February 29, 1984, a leap year. She and Jerry cherish their two sons, Michael and Shea. Edna enjoyed eating berries, but refused to pick them. She did enjoy watching Jerry and the boys fish.
Edna is survived by her husband of 33 years, Jerry Oliver; sons Michael (and partner, Kira), and Shea; grandson, Lincoln; Jerry’s daughters, Sharon and JeriAnn; her father, Dan Karmun; sisters Gloria Ann (and partner Perry Olanna), Judith (and husband Bryan Reed); brothers Porter (and wife Leslie), Harry, and Donnie (and daughter Paige); and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Edna was preceded in death by her mother, Ethel Karmun; brothers Glenn, Danny and Bert; sisters Shirley, Laraine, Lucille, and Elsie; grandparents Lucy Eutuk and Elmer Davis, and grandparents Harry and Nellie Karmun.
Edna was the only auntie with enough patience to handle Donnie’s non-stop talking. She was a caretaker for Donnie, Kathy, and Marie – watching all of them when they ended up with the chicken pox at the same time as babies.
Edna’s summertime passion was watching and supporting her husband Jerry through 33 years of softball. She enjoyed playing, keeping the books, and coaching from the sidelines. Last summer she was able to watch her grandson Lincoln play T-ball and basketball.
Edna Sue will be remembered for her beautiful smile, her contagious laugh and her steadfast determination to fight a brave battle. We all wish she had shared her recipe for deviled eggs, which she brought to every family gathering. She had an awesome collection of scarves. Edna will also be remembered for her thoughtfulness and gift-giving. When you least expected it, she would surprise you with a card, flowers or a perfectly fitting gift. Edna never failed to deliver her father Dan a Sunday paper and visit with him.
Edna’s ashes will be spread at Deering, Alaska and the family’s Kougarok camp.