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Dovie Lee Horton, age 62, passed away unexpectedly on October 14, 2018 from a sudden heart attack in her home in Seward, Alaska.

Dovie is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Peggy Booth of Anchor Point; her siblings, David J. Booth, Ruth Anna Booth; and her niece Julie Booth Ulmer.

Left to honor Dovie and remember her love is her husband, Ed Merritt, and their mother, Eleanor Mala; her four sons, Tommy Horton, Willie Comerford, Waylon Comerford, and Wade Comerford; nine grandchildren; and four sisters, Catherine Ulmer of Homer, Emma Haase of Kenai, Norma Cochran of Wasilla, and Mary Stokes of Puyallup, Washington; and many nieces, nephews, and loving friends.

Dovie was born April 28, 1956 in Seldovia, Alaska. As a lifelong Alaskan, life on the family homestead in Happy Valley was full of adventure, typical of the subsistence lifestyle indicative of territorial Alaska. The next 20 years she spent raising her sons in Alaska, working many hours to provide for them as a single mother. Dovie met Ed in Whittier, Alaska in 1995 and spent the following 10 years living in a remote cabin in Eshamy Bay in Prince William Sound. Ed and Dovie moved to Seward in 2004. Shortly thereafter Dovie began working at Seaview Community Services where she remained until 2017. Dovie thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone there, and had great pride in her job. She made many lifelong friends.

Dovie will always be remembered for her huge, loving, caring, and compassionate heart. She loved helping others and cared immensely for her community. She was a dedicated mother who always put her sons’ needs before her own, often taking in other children who needed a hand up. She was an avid reader, animal lover, and her love of garage sales was unbounded as she was always looking for a good bargain. Her cooking was amazing! Goulash, burritos, watermelon baskets, fried chicken, there wasn’t anything she couldn’t make. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed sitting by a fire. Besides her fabulous hair and contagious smile, she will be remembered most for her love of her family and friends.

1 Corinthians 13:7-8a

Love knows no limit to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen.

Dovie, we will always carry your memory in our hearts.