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Laurie G. Bookey

January 14, 1954 August 17, 2019
Laurie G. Bookey
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Longtime Kenai resident Laurie Gae Bookey, 65, a loving wife, daughter, mother, grandmother, and aunt, passed away Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 after a fierce battle with a lengthy illness at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.
A celebration of her life will be 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #3525, at 5765 Kenai Spur Hwy. in Kenai.
Laurie was born Jan. 14, 1954 in Alamosa, Colo. to Billy Ray Venable ang Gloria J. Ferguson. She moved to Alaska in 1961, residing on the family’s homestead in Nikiski. As a child growing up on the homestead, Laurie became a force to be reckoned with. She learned the value of hard work and the love of a nurturing family.
The lessons she learned as a child were a constant through her life, and those lessons reflected those values in all the things she did. During her high school years at Kenai Central High School, she met the love of her life, Kelly Bookey. They married on Sept. 28, 1973 and together raised five children.
Anyone invited to enter her house was warmly welcomed and treated as family. In fact, she was “Ma”, “Grandma” and Aunt Laurie to many and not just those related by blood or marriage. Thanks to her, they often became related by bond that was just as strong, or perhaps even stronger.
She was a rock where her children were concerned and loved them all unconditionally. Laurie was a patient and loving listener, and a wise caring advisor. Her kids are all well aware of the fact that they are people because of her and will miss her terribly.
Laurie was preceded in death by her father, Billy Ray Venable, her mother, Gloria J. Ferguson, sister, Susan Passe and brother, Steve Williams.
She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Kelly Bookey; her children and their spouses, Terry and Jessica Bookey, Doug and Amy Bookey, Jan and Ryan Marquis, Eric and Jenny Jones and Danny and Carly Bookey; grandchildren, Drew, Alden, Corvin, Rebecca, Morgan, Carmen, Rory, Jett, Alexis, Catlyn, Dylan, Colin and Rhett; and numerous other family members.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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Celebration of Life




6:00 PM 8/22/2019 6:00:00 PM
Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #3525

5765 Kenai Spur Hwy.
Kenai, Alaska 99611

Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #3525
5765 Kenai Spur Hwy. Kenai 99611 Alaska
United States

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