Elizabeth Walters

Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2008

Juneau resident Elizabeth Kitka Walters died March 19, 2008, in Juneau. She was 74.

She was born Oct. 11, 1933, on her father's fishing boat, the Atlas, while in Stephen's Passage. She was of the Eagle moiety, Kaagwaantaan (Box House). Her Tlingit name was Seigee.

An assistant to the self-governance coordinator for Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, she graduated from Sitka High School and attended Colorado Women's College.

According to her family, she loved to dance with her Yun-Shu-Ka cultural dance group and sing with Father Ossoragin's Alaska Heritage Acapella Choir. She also enjoyed traveling and bingo.

Her family and friends will remember her kind-hearted presence and selfless devotion to others, they said. She is highly regarded throughout the state for her volunteer work and compassion to help others, they said.

Family said her patient, caring and loving touch made life better for all who knew her. She was deeply admired as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be genuinely missed, they said.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Katherine (Bailey) Kitka; brothers, Charlie, Alex, Andrew, Alex and David Kitka; sister, Elizabeth Kitka; and daughter, Katherine Mary Walters.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, George Walters; daughters, Barbara Eagle, of Kenai, Joan Schermerhorn, of Pearl City, Hawaii, and Meribeth Traynor, of Bend, Ore.; sons, Jay Walters, of Anchorage, George Walters II, of Juneau, and John Walters, of Juneau; brothers, Herman, Stanley and Mike Kitka, all of Sitka; sisters, Maria Guthrie, Roberta Kitka, both of Sitka; and grandchildren, Autumn Eagle, of Maui, Hawaii, Darrick Eagle, of Central point, Ore., Ashlyn Eagle, of Kenai, Shayne and Nikolas Schermerhorn, of Pearl City, Harvest and Bethany Traynor, of Bend, Katherine, George and Frank Albert Walters, of Anchorage, Melanie McDaniel, of Nome, Cheri Goenner, of New York, and Garrett Walters, of Nunapitchuk.

A reception will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 24, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall, followed by a Mass at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 416 Fifth St.

Her ashes will be returned to Stephen's Passage.

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