Ethel Rose Naish


Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Former Juneau resident Ethel Rose (Bayers) Naish, 90, died Feb. 26, 2004, at Riverside Healthcare in Missoula, Mont.

She was born Nov. 21, 1913, in Sitka. She is the fourth of the six children of Harry Fervin (Tay) Bayers and Vera Ivana Soboleff. Her maternal grandparents were Rev. Father Ivan Soboleff and Olga (Leudke) Soboleff. Ivan was one of the early Russian Orthodox priests in Sitka and the first Russian Orthodox priest in Killisnoo.

Her childhood was spent in many Southeast Alaskan communities, albeit her principle home was on Star Hill in Juneau. As a young adult, she was a usherette in the Capital Theater. This experience gave her a love for the silver screen, an avocation she enjoyed all of her life.

In August 1935, she married Darrell Naish of Bremerton, Wash. Darrell served with the territorial game commission and the Department of Public Health. During the late 1940s, he served as captain of the M.V. Hygiene, bringing much needed medical and dental care to the outlying communities of Southeast Alaska.

According to family members, "Ethel was always an Alaskan first and while she and Darrell lived in many ports - Juneau was her homeport. The most prominent picture in her home, outside of family, was the "Lights of Juneau" by Trevor Davis. "Ethel was proud of the history that her family lived and provided for Alaska. She is missed!"

She was preceded in death by her brother, L.H. "Kinky" Bayers; and sisters, Vera Bayers, Lillian Turner and Roberta Parsons.

She is survived by her sister, Thais McLeod of Seattle; son, Lyle T. Naish of Frenchtown, Mont.; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

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