Eloise Minnie Piqshruk Oxereok Ahwinona
Eloise Minnie Pigshruk Oxereok Ahwinona was born in Wales, Alaska on November 9, 1937 to Carl and Edith Oxereok.
Eloise married Carl Murphy Ahwinona Sr. on October 10, 1955 and together they had ten children. Jody, 1st Catherine, Doreen, Rodney, Carl Jr. Angelyn, Jonathan, Thaddeus, Catherine and Abigail.
Eloise and Carl were ministering throughout Alaska: Scammon Bay, Shaktoolik, Koyuk, White Mountain, Elim, Barrow and even in Greenland. While ministering Eloise was a wonderful wife and mamma to her children. She loved cooking homemade meals for family relatives and friends. Everybody loved her homemade bread and donuts.
Shaktoolik was home for a number of years and then eventually came the move to Nome in 1970. Eloise was recognized for her 21 years at Norton Sound Health Corporation, as a cook. Eloise worked along side her two sisters Alma Tungwenuk and Ruth Joe, and her daughter Catherine. They had so much fun working for the community. She eventually became the Head Cook.
Eloise loved the Lord first, then her children, family friends and relatives. She loved having a good sense of humor and having people to be happy in their lives. She loved singing gospel songs with her husband playing the guitar. She has a beautiful tenor voice, while singing to the Lord. Mom made sure her family was taken care of knowing the Lord.
Eloise most passion was found in the country, either berry picking, fishing, boating, camping her ultimate passion was being in God’s creation here on earth.
Eloise is preceded in death by her husband Carl Ahwinona Sr., children Jody Ahwinona, 1st Catherine Ahwinona, Doreen Ahwinona, Rodney Ahwinona, Carl Ahwinona Jr., Angelyn Ahwinona, Jonathan Ahwinona and Thaddeus Ahwinona, grandson Jamal Kalook Williams; her parents Carl and Edith Oxereok; siblings, Alma Tungwenuk, Ruth Joe, Gerald Oxereok, Victor Oxereok and Viola Oxereok.
Eloise is survived by her daughters, Abigail Saccheus and husband Lyndon Saccheus, Catherine Williams and husband Eddie Williams; her grandchildren Debra Saccheus, Jacob Saccheus, Crystal Riddick, Jared Williams; great grandchildren James Williams, Saria Williams, Jonathan Williams, Kareem, Quanya and Camilia Riddick and great great granddaughter Kinsey Riddick.
Eloise lived at Quyanna Care Center for 12 years and the people there were like her children. She loved all of them. She would say to them, “Hi pretty baby” and other sweet words of love to them all. They will truly miss her.
Quyanna for taking care of our sweet mom and relative. Quyanna friends and relatives for loving mom, too. May God Bless you all who knew mom.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday November 10, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Nome Covenant Church with a potluck to follow.