Alice Mae (Brown) D'Cafango

Posted: Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Longtime Juneau resident Alice Mae (Brown) D'Cafango died the morning of Feb. 12, 2009, at home. She was 69.

She was born Nov. 2, 1939, in Killisnoo, to Daniel Brown Sr. (Lk'eineek) and Anna Zuboff (Tsaakáak'w). She was Dakl'aweidí (Killer Whale Clan) from the Killer Whale House in Angoon, also called "Killer Whale Chasing Seal House." Her Tlingit names were Shk'uhá and Shaawát goox. She was the seventh of eight children.

She spent the majority of her early years in Hoonah, where she lived with her relatives, the Betz family. As a young adult, she moved to Angoon. It was there that she accepted Christ and began living as a born again Christian.

According to her family, she was known for her deep faith and prayers for friends and family.

"As a 'prayer warrior,' Alice could always be counted on to pray for those in need," they said.

She held a variety of jobs in her younger years, including cannery work, clerical positions and work with children in the Head Start Program. She earned her General Education Diploma in Juneau, where she moved permanently at the age of 30. Rheumatoid arthritis eventually led to disability which prevented work outside of the home. It was in homemaking and raising her son that she found her life's work.

She thoroughly enjoyed the company of friends and family and spent much time visiting on the telephone. She loved to watch funny TV programs and movies. She also enjoyed watching Christian speakers on television and counted the Rev. Joel Osteen as one of her favorites. Her loved ones were deeply blessed by her words of encouragement, love and generous spirit.

She enjoyed traditional Native foods and regularly attended cultural functions. When she was able, she attended Glacier Valley Church of God and Juneau Christian Center.

She will be remembered for her quick wit and warm sense of humor, her family said.

"Despite being handicapped and enduring a number of physical ailments, Alice displayed a remarkable optimism and prevailing faith that was an inspiration to many," they said.

She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Adrian D'Cafango; son, Edwell John Jr.; daughter-in-law, Brooke John; grandchildren, Daniel, Ella and Edwell John III; great-grandson, Aaren McRae; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A service will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the Glacier Valley Church of God in Juneau, 8497 Thunder Mountain Road. A reception will follow the service, and food donations are welcome. Call 789-1219 for details.

Monetary donations may be sent to 361 Distin Ave., Apt. 107, Juneau, AK 99801.

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