Following a long battle with cancer, Linda Kay Manns died Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008. She was 43.
Manns was a pioneer's daughter, raised at Crevice Creek Ranch, the family's homestead in the heart of the Brooks Range.
She was a very accomplished woman who was as much at home in the Alaska outdoors as she was living the "city life," her family said. According to them, Manns could shoot, hunt, fish, and ride a horse or snowmachine with the best of them.
As a businesswoman and hostess, she had few equals, and toward the end of her life one of her great pleasures was opening her bed and breakfast, her family said.
Manns' greatest pride was reserved for her family, especially her two boys. According to her family, she embraced being a wife and mother, providing a warm, hospitable home for her family and friends. She also loved to cook and entertain, and providing wonderful meals was her specialty.
Before her medical retirement, Manns served in the Fairbanks Governor's Office for Gov. Sarah Palin. She also was deputy director of Boards & Commissions for Gov. Frank Murkowski, as well as a special assistant.
She also managed the University of Alaska Southeast bookstore in Juneau for many years. She was a Rotarian and served as member and president of various Republican women's' groups. Her family said Manns also took great delight in "opening" her oncologist's eyes to the possibility that conservative politics have merit.
She also was the first ever Miss Alaska Teen USA in 1983.
From the moment she first opened her eyes, her family says she charmed everyone she met. She enjoyed a legion of friends from all walks of life who remain loyal and loving, they said.
She was preceded in death by her father, William "Bill" Fickus.
She is survived by her husband, Jeff Manns; her two sons, Blake and Garret; her stepsons, Dustin, Jordan and Dakota; her mother, Lillian Fickus; her sister, Deborah Fickus Luper; her two brothers, Matt and Timothy Fickus, and their children, Michael Luper; Denali and Matthew Fickus; and Kylie, Aana and Dawson Fickus. She also is survived by a half-sister, Sandy Thomas, and a half-brother, Bill Oley, who live in Pennsylvania.
Services will be held at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, at the Door of Hope Church, 270 Fairhill Road in Fairbanks. Her husband and family ask that donations be made to local breast cancer groups in lieu of flowers.