Lolomi “Aloma” White
Feb. 7, 1929-Aug. 15, 2015
Pioneer Alaskan Lolomi “Aloma” White, 86, died Aug. 15, 2015, at South Peninsula Hospital. A scattering of her ashes will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, on the Homer Spit. Anyone who wishes to come say anything for her, or just be there, is welcome.
She was born Lolomi Margaret Shelford on Feb. 7, 1929, in Winthrop, Wash., to Thomas Leland Shelford and Juanita May Webb. Her mother died not long after she was born. Baby Aloma and her sister Wilma stayed with her grandmother in Washington, later moving to Homer to be with her father, his new wife Lydia and new brother Leland. She attended high school in Homer.
During the World War II era she travelled and worked around the country. In 1947 in Oregon she met and married Roller Rink co-owner and WWII veteran Frank Lee White. There they had three children, Sheryl Ann, Rodger Lee and Judy Lynn White.
Shortly after Judy was born they drove the very long and dusty Alaska Highway with the three kids and dog Daisey May, arriving July 1954 to live in Homer, close to her family.
Aloma was a wife and mother first. She was the first dispatcher of the Homer Volunteer Fire Department and switchboard telephone operator for the telephone company when Frank was the Fire Chief. She also chaired the Fire Department Auxiliary. She was a member of the Homer Ice Racing Association committee and support crew for anything that anyone or her family needed. Her last project was donating to veterans and children’s charities, both close to her heart.
Aloma and Frank moved to Anchorage and lived there for many years, then moved to Oregon, close to Frank’s family, where they started a recreational vehicle repair business. Aloma took care of the books and was again support crew.
They moved back to Anchorage. Her husband Frank passed in 1994. She then moved back to Homer where she lived with her sister, then her son, then the last 15 years in her own place near her sister Wilma and son Rodger.
“Aloma was an extremely independent woman and we will all miss her so much,” her family said.
She leaves behind her daughter, Sheryl Ann White Nelson and Sheryl’s husband, Carl Nelson; son, Rodger Lee White, and daughter, Judy Lynn Kruger, and Judy’s husband, Chris Alan Kruger; grandchildren by Sheryl: Michael Kaye Novy, Ariel Lee White Nelson; grandchild by Rodger: Amos Simon White; grandchildren by Judy: Dawna Jean Allen, Curtis Allen Kruger and Amanda Christine Kruger; great-grandchild through Sheryl: Crystal Ann Tollefson; great-grandchildren through Judy: Gerriann Lolomi Kruger, Matthew Harrison Allen, Brandan Scott Allen, Justice Alan Reno and Liberty Lynn Kruger; siblings, Wilma Juanita Williams and Leland Thomas Shelford; and many nieces and nephews whom she loved very much.
Please visit www.alaskanfuneral.com to sign Aloma’s guestbook.