Helen Marie Peters

Posted: Thursday, March 13, 2003

Longtime Southeast Alaska resident Helen Marie Peters, 95, died Saturday, March 8, 2003, in Sitka.

Peters was born Feb. 12, 1908, in Haines. She was Kosteen Chookaneidi-Eagle. She lived in Juneau from 1985 to 2001 at the Gastineau Senior Apartments.

Peters was a homemaker who liked to do volunteer work. In her youth she worked in salmon canneries. She was an avid subsistence berry-picker and liked to put up fish. "She always had something brewing, and never let the grass grow under her feet," her family said. Peters took great pride in visiting with people, and she was a good listener, they said.

Peters spent the last part of her life in the Sitka Pioneers' Home. She was a lifetime member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 12 in Hoonah, a member of Sealaska Corp., and a member of Huna Totem Corp.

Peters was preceded in death by her husband Henry Peters and her son Jack Andrews.

She is survived by her daughter Pearl Maze of Anchorage, her son Art Andrews of Anacortes, Wash., and her niece and nephew, Doris Smith of Bullhead City, Ariz. and Frank Carteeti of Fresno, Calif., whom she raised. She also is survived by grandchildren Alberta Hanlon of Juneau, Alfreda Caudle of Anchorage, Thomas Horton of Anchorage, Al Horton III of Anchorage, Robert Maze Jr. of Kent, Wash., Donna Sherman of Sedro Wooley, Wash., Gayle Higgins of Sedro Wooley, Wash., Bert Andrews of Fairfax, Va. and Jackie Andrews of Bellingham, Wash. She also is survived by 23 great-grandchildren, 15 great-great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews and many other relatives.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Tlingit and Haida Community Council Building. Burial will not take place until spring.

Pallbearers include Frank Wright Jr., Charlie Wright, Paul Wright, Ernest Hillman III, John Hillman, Bill Cook III, Leo Houston Jr., Greg Martin, Gary Martin, Gerald Hinchman, Ray Wilson, John Wilson Jr., Don Wilson, Jim Marks, Ron Martin, and Marty Martin. Honorary pallbearers include John Hinchman Jr., Samuel Wright, Ron Williams, Richard Dalton Sr. and Jacob White Sr.

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