Wilma Louise Bennett, 68, passed away peacefully at her home in Douglas on Jan. 29, 2011 surrounded by her loving family and friends after a long battle with cancer.
She was born on Nov. 18, 1942 in Juneau. Her parents were William and Beatrice Stoddard. Her brother, Bill, lives in Washington state.
Wilma met Robert J. Bennett at the Juneau Teen Center in 1964 and they were married in 1981. On Sept. 4, 2010, they celebrated 29 years of marriage.
Wilma’s Tlingit name was “Taats” and she was Ishk¿taan from the “Pool-in-the-River” house of Taku. She had lots of other nicknames, such as “Lucy”, “Witchy-poo” and “Wilma-force”.
She worked at various places around Juneau, including for the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, the Goldbelt Hotel, the state of Alaska, the U.S. Forest Service and the Council on Domestic Violence and Assault.
Wilma was a beloved member of the Juneau community. Her family wrote “she was an avid Christian who attended Glacier Valley Church of God.” She was also a member of “Circle of Light”. She had a lot of friends and was well-know on KINY’s “Problem Corner”. She loved going on picnics and going for rides to Mendenhall Glacier and “out the road.” She had a great sense of humor and always had a funny story to tell.
She is survived by her loving husband Robert Bennett, her brother Bill Stoddard and all of the Bennett family. She was loved by all and will be missed.
A memorial service is tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. today at Glacier Valley Church of God. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the downstairs hall. Donations may be sent to Robert Bennett at 2583 David Street No. 9, Juneau, AK 99801 or by calling 364-4640.