Nell Ulrich Was A Volunteer Who Served The Copper Valley

  Nell Ulrich at The Chamber Visitor Center (Family Photo) Nellie (Nell) Rice was born in Bear Lake Pennsylvania on November 25th, 1...

Nell Ulrich at The Chamber Visitor Center (Family Photo)

Nellie (Nell) Rice was born in Bear Lake Pennsylvania on November 25th, 1941.
Nell Ulrich, 1941-2020 (Family Photo))

She was raised in upstate New York. It was love at first sight when she met her future husband Warren Ulrich. Warren had stopped by to see his cousin, who was best friends with Nell. 

They got married when Nell was 18 and Warren was 21 – on December 13th, 1959 in Sinclairville, New York. The couple left for California the next day, driving all the way. They ended up in the San Fernando Valley, where Warren was a truck driver and Nell was a housewife. Their daughter, Bonnie, was born in San Fernando.  The Ulrichs then moved to Concord, California where Warren was a mechanic for Pacific Gas & Electric. They spent seven years in Concord and had two children there – Cathy and Warren (Butch).

In 1969, they moved to Alaska, where they lived first in Anchorage and then in Chugiak. Warren worked for a car dealer in Anchorage as a mechanic. Nell worked as a grocery store cashier and bookkeeper. Warren drove trucks, and sold groceries, soft drinks and food out on the highways of Alaska from Anchorage to Valdez and Tok.

Their son, Josh, was born in 1975 in Anchorage.

Nell and Warren moved to Gakona in 1985, and bought a small cabin at Mile 132 on the Richardson Highwy north of Gakona Junction, where he started an automotive repair shop. Nell did bookkeeping work and also ran a popular video rental outlet for local people. She hauled mail on the Glenn Highway for the U.S. Postal Service for four years.

Nell Ulrich was a strong supporter of the Greater Copper Valley Chamber of Commerce. She volunteered on a number of fronts, working at the visitor center and volunteering as treasurer and secretary. She was also heavily involved as secretary and treasurer of the Copper Basin Seniors. Both Warren and Nell Ulrich  maintained and cleaned Sourdough, Paxson and Tangle Lake Campgrounds for over 20 years.

Nellie Ulrich died on January 10th, 2020, in Puyallup, Washington, where she was taking radiation treatments. She was 78 years old. 

She was preceded in death by her son, Josh, who died at the age of 17 in a car accident. Nell Ulrich is survived by seven grandchildren, three children, and her husband, Warren, of Gakona.


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