Odie Nan Robb, 78, died Sept. 9, 2020, peacefully in Ketchikan.

She was born Sept. 8, 1942 in Texas.

“Nan, as she was called, had a passion for life and adventure,” her friends write.

She spent her early years as a cook, working in logging and mining camps throughout Alaska.

In 1970, she participated in and won the nationwide Pillsbury Bake-off contest for her “Onion Lover’s Twist Bread” recipe. Her winning photo was of her sitting on top of the $25,000 cash prize.

“She said at that time it was so much money, she couldn’t figure how to spend it all,” her friends write.

She eventually settled in Ketchikan, working as a cook with the Alaska Marine Highway System. She resided in Ketchikan for 20 years.

She spoke fluent Spanish, and enjoyed wine and good friends.

“She was well-known for her wicked sense of humor and her camaraderie with her friends,” her friends write. “ She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.”

Nan Robb’s remains will be interred at Bayview Cemetery.