Lucy Bell DeAsis


Posted: Monday, February 28, 2005

Lucy Bell DeAsis, 99, died Feb. 25, 2005, in Juneau.

She was born in Killisnoo, Alaska, to Archie Bell and Mary James on Oct. 20, 1906, and was raised in Angoon.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, William John, in 1933. She later married Alvaro DeAsis in 1935. He died in 1980. Her daughter Mildred (John) Jones also preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children, William John of Angoon, Verna (John) Johnson of Angoon, Bernard DeAsis of Phoenix, Ariz., Milton DeAsis of Federal Way, Wash., Royal DeAsis of Augusta, Ga., Timothy DeAsis of Gallup, N.M., and Alberta (DeAsis) Everson of Juneau.

She is also survived by her sister, Charlotte (Bell) Nielsen; and brother, Clarence Wanamaker, both of Sitka; Lydia George of Angoon, Cyril George of Douglas, and Peter George of Sitka.

Her Tlingit name was Kaantoo. She was a life member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 7, and was active at the Catholic Community Service Adult Bridge Day Care in Juneau.

Her family said she was a much-loved matriarch of a large family that includes 32 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren and 29 great-great-grandchildren. "She touched many lives through the love, grace and dignity she gave in her 99 years," the family said.

Her father was DaKlaweidi from the Killerwhale House in Angoon, named Daanawu and Gushteiheen. Her paternal grandfather was from the Raven House, a man named Dick Yeilnaawu, making her a Deisheetaan grandchild. Her own house was the KaaKwaak Hit, the Basket Bay House, in Angoon.

She was a master Tlingit sewer, making Indian vests, dolls and blankets, the family said. She sewed regalia into her 80s. She danced in Indian ceremonies into 2004.

An Alaska Native Sisterhood service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at the Juneau Tlingit and Haida Community Center at 3235 Hospital Drive. A light reception will follow. She will be honored as a life member of Camp 7.

Rosary and funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church at 9055 Atlin Drive in Juneau. A reception will follow. Interment will be announced in the spring of 2005.

The family invites friends and family to a dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at the Juneau Tlingit and Haida Community Center.

Honorary pallbearers will include: Lucille Carrillo, Irene Cadiente, Bertha Karras, Matilda Gamble, Fenton James, Martha Jackson, Mary B. Johnson, Martha Nelson, Alice Bennett, Frank Jack Sr., Peter Jack Sr., Bessie Fred, Clarence Jackson, Rudy Govina, Judy George, Harold Jacobs, Jan DeAsis, Sandra DeAsis, Patricia DeAsis, Richard George Sr., Edwell John Jr., George B. Johnson Jr., and Andrew Gamble Jr.

The family may be contacted through Alberta Everson, P.O. Box 21097, Juneau, AK 99802, or Cyril and Judy George, P.O. Box 20033, Juneau, AK 99802.

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