Haines resident Suzanne "Suzie" Hepler Williams, 66, died Jan. 27, 2003, in Juneau.
She was born Feb. 18, 1936, in Battle Creek, Mich. She spent most of her life in Haines. She was adopted into the Raven clan by the late Jack David, and taught herself the Tlingit language, learning to speak Tlingit fluently.
Her family said she loved her husband's Tlingit culture, writing poems, gardening and putting up any kind of Native food, sewing and Native arts. They said she loved her community and always was ready to help people.
She is preceded in death by her brother, Chuck.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Thomas B. Williams Sr.; her 10 children, Thomas "Sonny", Walter, Tony, Mark, Charlie, Tina, Ella, Adeline, Johanna and Patricia; brothers Terry, Ron and Tom; sisters Leona, Cindy, Sally, Joan, Ethel and Ruby; 18 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at the ANB Hall in Haines at 1 p.m. Saturday Feb. 1.