Dorothy Blanche Dennis — Tuwaaxhsée
Dorothy Blanche Dennis (Tuwaaxhsée) died Oct. 21, 2012 after a short battle with cancer. She was Double-Eagle Kaigani Haida and a member of the Lukaaxh.ádi (Sockeye-Raven) clan of the Jilkhóot Tlingit.
Dorothy was born on July 17, 1929, in Waterfall, Alaska to Ruth Cogo of Hydaburg. She attended Sheldon Jackson High School, and came to Skagway in 1946. She was a Deacon at the Presbyterian Church, where she sang in the choir, and served as a Tribal Council Member of the Skagway Traditional Council. She worked in the Days of 98 show, was a bowler, and was also a housekeeper at the Golden North Hotel for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband Gooshdehéen Silas Ronald Dennis, sons Allen Wayne Dennis and Bertram Charles Dennis, mother Ruth Cogo, brothers Harlan Jorgenson (Jelly Boy), and cousins Donald Anniskett (Gidáahls) and Clara Peratrovich. She is survived by her children Si, Marion, Patty, Debbie, Leslie, and Sharon, as well as 21 grandchildren and 28 great grandchildren. Her surviving siblings are Pauline Krantz, Kathleen Jorgenson, Marlene Young, and Arlene Gaspard.
Services for Dorothy Dennis will be on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Skagway Presbyterian Church, followed by a Graveside Service, and then a reception at the Fellowship Hall.