Long-time Seward resident, Theda J. Cagle passed into the arms of her Heavenly Father on March 3, after a long and courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer. Theda died in her winter home in Sun City Center, Fla., surrounded by family. Theda was a 40-year resident of Seward, the place she dearly loved. She was born on July 4, 1945. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Earl Cagle; daughter Jennifer Laurie (Cagle) Ethridge of Wasilla and her children Trevor Ethridge and Rochelle Brown and one great-granddaughter. Also survived by daughter Julianne Denise (Cagle) Brossow of Lynden, Wash. and her daughters Sarah and Melissa. Theda also left a brother, Dennis Jones and a sister Bonnie Harrel, along with many nieces and nephews.
Theda worked at First National Bank Alaska, Seward Branch for 17 years and later operated Alaska’s Silver Lining B&B for 11 years where she hosted people from all over the world.
She was known for her exceptional artistic ability in many mediums. Her original artwork was featured on multiple Derby and Mount Marathon pins and t-shirt designs in the 80s and 90s. She designed the first art mural on the Senior Center as well as multiple commissioned works. Her last ten years she developed a passion for stained glass art and created many extraordinary pieces. Her legacy will continue through the many artists to whom she taught her craft in sponsored classes.
Theda also loved the Alaska outdoors, taking several big hunts throughout Alaska, including successful brown bear hunts on Kodiak Island. However, her very favorite outdoor activity was the Seward Silver Salmon Derby where she frequented the leader board and was such a familiar face in the derby, the Cagles were once referred to in an article as “Seward’s First Family of Fishing.”
The overwhelming majority of people who knew Theda have commented on her willingness to always put others ahead of herself, her ever-present beautiful smile, and her unwavering faith through some very bad times. She will be sorely missed, but everyone she has touched is the better for knowing her.
Theda donated her remains to cancer research. A memorial service may be scheduled at a later date.