Mary Lee Choate


Posted: Friday, January 12, 2007

Juneau resident Mary Lee Choate, 77, died Jan. 2, 2007, at the Alaska Native Medical Hospital in Anchorage.

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She was born April 1, 1929, to Harry and Adel Williams. She was raised in Haines and Klukwan by her adopted grandparents, Wille and Martha Lee.

She attended Sheldon Jackson High School, Sheldon Jackson College and Whitehorse Christian Training Center. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and a master's degree, magnum cum laude.

She is survived by her brothers, Loy Arandela Jr., and Thomas Williams; sisters Alice W. Johnnie and Marsha Hotch; sons Nicholas Kokotovich Jr., Michael H. Smith, Barrington Lee Smith and Crawford Smith; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and her caretaker and nephew, Fred Phillips.

Services will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 16 at Tlingit and Haida Community Council Building on Hospital Drive. A burial will follow in spring in Haines.

Any donations may be made to the family in care of Fred Phillips, P.O. Box 20987, Juneau, AK, 99802.

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