Longtime Sitka resident Linda M. Hensley died of natural causes on Dec. 11, 2008, at her home. She was 60.
Born Aug. 6, 1948, at what was then known as St. Ann's Hospital, she was raised in Juneau. She was the eldest daughter of mother, Frieda Katherine (Thomas) Dedrick; step-father, Lloyd Marshall Dederick; father, Wilbur W. "Jumbo" James Sr.; and adopted mother, Ruth (Fawcett) James, of Hoonah.
During her life, she lived in Juneau, Sitka, Hoonah and Pelican, making Sitka her final home and moving there for the last time in the 1990s.
At her request, she was cremated. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Juneau Tlingit & Haida Community Building, 3235 Hospital Drive.
To contact the family, write to Tres Lewis, 227 Seventh St., Juneau, AK 99801, or call586-3303.