Constance Helen Paddock

Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Constance Helen Paddock died March 17, 2011, at the SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Connie was born June 18, 1920, near Nenana. Her parents were Samuel and Louise Minook Harper. She was raised in Fairbanks in a large Athabascan/Irish family. She graduated from Eklutna Indian High School and Haskell Indian Junior College with a degree in Business Administration, earning honors as top female graduate.

In 1942, Connie moved to Juneau to work for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She married Tom Paddock Sr. in 1943 and they raised their three children in Tenakee and later Juneau, where Tom operated a construction business and Connie served as his bookkeeper. Later, Connie worked for the governor’s office and the Alaska State Legislature as chief clerk of the House of Representatives.

Connie was known for her baking, jam-making, berry picking, sewing, story telling and writing skills. She was called “Aunt Connie” by her many relatives. A generous volunteer, she served as secretary/treasurer for many non-profits and on the Sealaska Landless Board of Directors. Up until age 90, she volunteered nearly daily for St. Vincent de Paul. She also enjoyed playing pinochle, playing slots at the casinos and traveling.

Connie’s greatest joys were her treasured children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews whom she inspired with her interest in them. She was known to help out with homework, entertain her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with stories from her youth and bake them their favorite pie or cookies. Connie’s generosity, graciousness and a positive outlook on life inspired her family. She was always so proud of her Great-Uncle Walter Harper, who was the first man to successfully climb Mt. McKinley.

Connie is survived by her sister Mary Denton of Nichols, Ga.; brother Donald Harper of Anchorage; son Tom Jr. (Sarah) Paddock of Juneau; daughter Maxine (Dennis) Richert of Juneau; daughter Anna Erbeck of Anchorage; grandchildren Brew, Michael, and Shane Paddock, Callen (Nickki) Richert, and Nicole Richert, all of Juneau, and Kirsti Erbeck and Kyle Erbeck of Anchorage; great-grandchildren Jamie Paddock, Wyatt Harvey, Alana Erbeck and Sienna Paddock.

Pallbearers are Kyle Erbeck, Callen Richert, Brew Paddock, Michael Paddock, Shane Paddock and William H. Paddock. Honorary pallbearers are Vern Anderson, Ken Cesar, Dan Cox, Richard Davis, William Fawcett, Nathan Jackson, David Katzeek, Florence Kenny, Paul Marks, Bill Morris, Dennis Richert, Ole Taug Jr., John Vavalis, Jr. and Ted Wieting.

Services will be held at noon on Friday at the Northern Light United Church, 400 W. 11th Street, officiated by Pastor Phil Campbell. A meal will be served following the services in the fellowship hall. Any donations may be made to the Raymond Paddock, Jr., Medical Fund, Tlingit Haida Central Council, 320 W. Willoughby Avenue, Juneau, AK 99801, established to assist tribal members with medical costs.

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