Hazel Hope

Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Juneau resident Hazel Hope died peacefully on Feb. 12, 2010, at her home in Juneau. She was 68.

She was born Dec. 26, 1941, in Hoonah. Her parents were James and Margaret McKinley. Her Tlingit name was L'e yeidi and was Eagle moiety of the Wooshkeetaan clan. Her clan house was Noow Hit. She was a T'akdeintaan yadi and Chookaneidi daach x'aan.

Her childhood was spent in Hoonah and Tenakee Springs. Her family spent summers in Excursion Inlet. She attended Hoonah Grade School and graduated from Mount Edgecumbe High School in 1960.

She grew up attending Salvation Army Church. She also attended Glacier Valley Church of God. Her faith was strong and carried her through her initial encounter with cancer.

She worked for the state of Alaska for many years and retired in the 1980s to raise her sister Linda Brown's children.

She enjoyed working with Grandma's Inc., whose mission was to help the grandchildren of local families in need. She helped Grandma's provide Thanksgiving dinners, memorial services and fundraisers. She worked the admissions table because of her outgoing personality and her ability to make everyone feel welcome. She served as president of Grandma's Inc.

She was a shareholder of Sealaska, Huna Totem, Goldbelt and Shee Atika corporations. She was an enrolled member of the Tlingit-Haida Indian Tribes and was a member of Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 2, where she was secretary.

She married a hometown guy, Thomas Dalton. In 1969, she married Andrew John Hope Jr., and they were married for 30 years. She had four children.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents, James and Margaret McKinley; sister, Linda Jean Brown; brother, Richard McKinley; other family members: Emma Williams Mills, Jessie Price, May Howard, Ida Beierly, Bob Beierly, Emma Mills, Martha Howard, Albert Mills, Sandy Johnson, Andrew Jack, Marion and Renner McKinley, Willie Horton, May Hobson, Katherine Mills, Katherine Grant, May Mills (infant), Willie Mills, Harland Mills, Gilbert Mills, Thomas Mills, George Anderson, Alfred Horton Sr., and Marsha Johnson Matlock.

She is survived by her adopted children: Wilbur Knudson, Kenneth Willard, JoAnne Phillipe, Celeste Garcia, Renee Stevens and Rochelle Stevens; children: Rodney Dalton, Rhoeda Garcia, Pamela Masterman-Stearns, Kim Hope, Lisa Parent, Robert Brown and Bobbi Brown; brothers: Alfred McKinley Sr., LeRoy McKinley, Raymond Howard and James McKinley Jr.; sisters: Priscilla Mooney, Rita Marvin, Linda Jean Richards, Stuie Joyce Jacobs and Ida Rabbat; aunts: Marie Shodda, Katherine Hanlon, Katherine White, Gertrude Peters, Sylvia Johnson, Teresa Howard and Violet James; uncles: John Howard Sr., Sam Hanlon Sr., William Horton Sr. and Frank Jack Sr.; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and special friends. Culturally, the Tlingit Nation does not recognize the term "cousin."

A memorial service will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at the ANB Hall on Willoughby Avenue. Refreshments provided by ANS Camp 2 and Camp 70.

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