Eleanor H. Mala, 84, passed into God’s arms June 21, 2019, with her loving family at her side.

In honor and our love for Momma, the family will have a Life Celebration, Saturday Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. at the Hotel Seward, 221 Fifth Avenue in Seward.

Ms. Elly was born September 16, 1934.

Momma was always a charmer, with a warm laugh, a contagious smile and a big hug for everyone. She spent most of her youth in Cordova and then the majority of her adult life in Prince William Sound at Eshamy Bay, the family fishing site, where her son Ed and his loving wife, Dovie Horton, cared for Momma throughout the years. At the end of each season they wintered in Whittier and Momma made many dear friends there.

In 2002 Ms. Elly and Junior, her Labrador, retired to Seward and nested in their new home. Momma was a home body and loved visitors. With her welcoming and giving heart her door was open to all. During the years, Momma touched many lives with her warmth, good cooking and big hugs!

Momma always had a love for labs. At that time Junior was her heart and companion. When he passed, she was blessed by Judy; her best friend and “Golden Girl;” who gave her Sophie to fill her soul and be her next loving companion. Judy always cared for Momma; she also cared for Sophie when Momma traveled. Momma was always thankful for the bond Sophie, Judy and she had. As Momma wished, we are blessed that Judy now has Sophie to share their love.

The highlights of Momma’s week were always cooking and playing cards with her “Golden Girls,” whom she and we deeply appreciate. Best of all was having Sunday dinner with the family and welcoming any of our friends to join in. Momma shared her love through cooking, laughing and never letting you leave without a Big Momma hug. She will always be remembered for her hugs, caring heart and giving soul. And of course, fried chicken, potato salad and apple pie!

Throughout her life she was thankful to God for the many blessings she had received. Especially for her loving supportive family: son and daughter-in-law Ed Merritt and Dovie Horton; daughter Shirley and son Mark; step-daughter and husband Mary and Mark Kulstad; Bella, Sophie, Auntie Tony, four grandsons; Wade Comerford and wife Kelly; Waylon Comerford, Tommy Horton, Willie Comerford and nine grandchildren; and for the many good friends that touched her life.

Momma is preceded to God’s arms by her parents and Dovie Horton, Jr., and will join all in the love of God.

Ms. Elly wanted all to share in her happiness, to be at peace and know she is with us in our laughter.