Angoon resident Evelyn Jean Jim died Feb. 20, 2009, at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. She was 44.
She was born May 9, 1964, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, the daughter of George Jim Sr. (Wooshkeetaan) and Adeline J. (Walters) Jim (Tak-daintaan). According to her family, her parents raised her with strong cultural beliefs and ties to the land and sea.
She graduated from Angoon High School in 1984. She worked with the Chatham School District and at the Whalers Cove Lodge during summers.
Her interests included listening to music, texting on her cell phone, nurturing children, reading, beading and working on puzzles.
"(Evelyn's) faith and belief in God kept her grounded," her family wrote. "She was able to touch other lives. She will continue to do God's work as a guardian angel."
She is survived by her son, Charles Jim, Angoon; siblings George Jim Jr., Pauline (Kenny) Johnson, Gina Jim and Danny Jim, all of Angoon, and Barbara Askoak of Kalskag; and aunties and uncles Jean (John) Hamar of Juneau and Mary (Judson) Thomas of Sitka.
Numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and cousins also survive.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Angoon Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Orthodox services will be held at noon Friday, Feb. 27, also at the Angoon ANB Hall.
Pallbearers will be J.P. Silva, Travis See, Nathan See, Johnathan Zuboff, Phillip Walker, Donald Frank, Stanley Johnson and Abraham Washington Jr.
Honorary pallbearers are Frank Jack Sr., Reggie Nelson Sr., John Howard Sr., Albert Kookesh, Matthew Kookesh, Ralph Knudson, John Hamar, Judson Thomas and K.J. Metcalf.
Memorials may be sent to Pauline Johnson, P.O. Box 145, Angoon, AK 99820.