Adelia Waid

Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Juneau resident Adelia Waid died March 8, 2008, in Juneau. She was 87.

Born 1920, in Klawock, to Thaddeus Isaacs and Nellie Skan Peratrovich Isaacs, she grew up as part of a very large family of brothers, sisters and cousins. She was only 9 years old when her mother died, and at that time, she went across the street to live with her older sister, Roseanna Peratrovich Roberts.

She graduated from the Wrangell Institute and was lured to Seattle, Wash., by her cousin, Margaret Roberts Tillman. While in Seattle, she attended business school and met her husband, Gene Waid.

She married Gene while he was in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Virginia. They tried living in his village, Wagoner, Okla., then her village, Klawock, before settling in Juneau. Together they raised four children. She worked as a clerk with the Department of Education, retiring in 1979.

According to her family, she was an expert at putting up food. She loved fishing, and smoking and canning the salmon she caught. She enjoyed clam digging, gathering gumboots and picking berries with her children and grandchildren. She liked to make hook rugs, knit and crochet. Her family said she was famous in the family for darning socks.

She was preceded in death by her sons, Mike and John Waid.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years; son, Gary Waid and his wife, Kirsten; daughter, Linda Waid Mercer; grandchildren, Mike Mercer, Wendy and Stephanie Perry, James and Delana Mercer, Katy Waid, Eldri and Vince Sierra, Jake Waid, Tanya Swafford, and Raven Waid and Amanda Burrous; and great-grandchildren, Lance Moore, Alicia and Kaylie Mercer, Jaden and Karsten Sierra, Jessica and Cheyenne Mercer, Mia Waid and Jake Perry.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, with memorial service at 3 p.m. at the Juneau Pioneers' Home. A reception will follow. All are invited.



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