Metlakatla resident Cleo June Booth died Jan. 27, 2008, in Ketchikan. She was 79.
She was born Cleo June Fields on June 26, 1928, at Hole in the Wall, outside of Klawock. She attended Wrangell High School.
She married Raymond Victor Booth on Oct. 3, 1972, in Seattle. She lived in Metlakatla for 36 years and was self-employed. She attended the Metlakatla Presbyterian Church. Prior to moving to Metlakatla, Cleo lived in Juneau for many years and worked at Percy's Café in the mid- to late-60s.
"She was an avid knitter and she taught many of her grandchildren the fine art of love and compassion," her family said. "She also took pride in gathering and preserving traditional Native foods. When the tide was out, the table was set. Cleo will be missed throughout Southeast."
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elizabeth Skan Katasse and Clyde Fields; husband; and grandson, George Vandle Carle.
She is survived by her daughter, Flo Ellers and her husband, Mike, and their children, Michelle Ruane, Yvonne Davis, Nicole Ellers and Valentina Rodriguez; daughter, Charlotte Buchanan and her children, Richard Carle, Elizabeth Carle, Garri Dawn Thomas and Robyn Buchanan; sister, Alisha Roberts and her husband, Theodore; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many more family members.
A memorial service was held Jan. 30, and the funeral service was on Jan. 31, both at Metlakatla Presbyterian Church.