Former Sitka and Juneau resident Wendy Jeanne Natkong died Dec. 14, 2009, in Ivanhoe, N.C., after a full and interesting life. She was 61.
Born Sept. 9, 1948, in Boise, Idaho, and raised in Grifton, N.C., she lived in a variety of locales throughout her lifetime but always felt that Alaska was her home. She lived in Sitka and Juneau for more than 16 years and had a memorable career as a paramedic and EMS educator in both Texas and Alaska.
She met and married her beloved husband, Donald Natkong, while working in Alaska. They most recently resided in the Rowan community in Bladen County, N.C.
She is survived by her three children, Michelle Leigh Weatherly, of Kelly, N.C., Gary Paul Allcox, of Durham, N.C., and Brandon Keith Warren, of Conroe, Texas; three brothers, Randy Carey, of Arapahoe, N.C., Gary Harker, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Brian Harker, of Grifton, N.C.; three grandchildren, Levi and Billy-Gray Weatherly, and Ethan Allcox; parents, Maxine and B. G. Marker, of Grifton; mother-in-law and her husband, Maggie and Pat Verney; father-in-law, Donald V. Natkong Sr.; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends. She also leaves behind her dogs, Chado and Brodie; and cats, Brutus and Khaki.
She asked that a special mention of gratitude go to her physician, Dr. Arthur Apolinario, of Clinton and Newton Grove, N.C.
At her request, there will be no service. An informal gathering to celebrate her life will be announced to family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY, 10163, or send a bouquet of flowers to cheer up a friend.
Online condolences can be made at www.kinlawfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being handled by Kinlaw Funeral Home of Elizabethtown, N.C.