Petersburg resident Marie R. James, 77, died Jan. 24, 2002, in Petersburg.
She was born April 13, 1924, in Juneau to Elias and Mary Reyes. She was the eldest of eight children. Her Tlingit name was Dloodash, and she was Wooshkeetaan from Xeitl Hit (Thunderbird House) of the Aak'wkwaan in Juneau.
She was self-educated and worked at Southeast Alaska canneries in Petersburg and Excursion Inlet. She was also the owner and operator of Marie's Beauty Salon until her retirement in the early 1980s.
She was a lifetime member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood, and held elected office in both the Petersburg and Grand Camp organizations. She served as a delegate to the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Petersburg Indian Association. She was also a SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) board member and parliamentarian for the Business Professional Women (BPW), and the City Council of Petersburg.
Her family says she has many friends all over Southeast Alaska.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Mary and Elias Reyes; brothers Amado and Elias Reyes; and sisters June Lapuz and Eliza Little.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth James, Petersburg; brother Donald Reyes, Petersburg; sister May Kuwata, Petersburg; children by Arcadio Y. Tagaban, Arcadio (Joe) (and Wilma) Tagaban, Juneau, Pauline Young, Petersburg, Felipe (and Marianne) Tagaban, Phoenix, Dorothy (and Patrick Owen), Juneau, Lenora (and William Evans), East Hampton, Conn., and Michael (and Sandy) Tagaban, Juneau; grandchildren Gene Tagaban, Alfonso Tagaban, Tiana Young, Clifford Young Jr., Kevin Cress, Karen Cress, Kalea White, Kathleen Foxx, Keith Tagaban, Valencia Domingues, Felicia Tagaban, Felipe Tagaban Jr., Troy Tagaban, Mary June Owen, Joseph Owen, Shawn Owen, Briana Evans, William Evans III, Elisa Evans, Tanya Tagaban, Joseph Tagaban, Michelle Tagaban, Sidney Tagaban and Richard Tagaban; 20 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held Jan. 28, 2002, in Petersburg.