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Obituary: Elizabeth Iani Iverson
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Elizabeth Iani Iverson
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Elizabeth Iani Iverson, 46, passed away on Tuesday, April 17, after a long and courageous battle against multiple sclerosis. Liz (“Thumper”)Iani was born in Kodiak to Lou and Frances Iani on Dec. 20, 1965. She grew up in town and graduated from Kodiak High School in 1983. She graduated from Southern Oregon College in 1987 with a degree in business administration. After college, Liz returned to Kodiak and was busy with a number of jobs, including arranging trips at Highliner Travel, managing the senior citizen center (a project she worked on with her dad), and commercial fishing around the island for halibut and in Bristol Bay with her brother David.

Liz was diagnosed with MS in 1995 and suffered a very aggressive version of the disease and soon lost her ability to walk. Liz traveled to Seattle for medical care and received treatment and physical therapy to keep her system as strong as possible. During that time, Liz met her love and future husband John Iverson, from a long-time Alaska commercial fishing family. John and Liz were married over Memorial Day weekend 2004.

John took care of Liz in ways that were amazing and incredibly devoted. Even though she was physically disabled, John and Liz traveled, went to concerts and enjoyed their life to the fullest. Every year Liz was an active team captain for the national MS walk. Over the years she helped raise much needed funds to continue research into this insidious disease. Liz reached out to Kodiakans for support and all were generous in return. Lizzie made it a habit to have her beautifully thick hair harvested every six months for donation to Wigs for Love.

Lizzie is survived by her mom, Frances, her husband John Iverson and his family, her brothers David and John, and a multitude of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends all over. We will miss her sense of humor, her smile and incredibly big heart.

We will celebrate Liz’s life on Sunday, May 20. There will be a memorial service at the Kodiak Baptist Church at 2 p.m. followed by a reception.
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