Elaine Esther Knudson


Posted: Friday, March 30, 2007

Juneau resident Elaine Esther Knudson died March 27, 2007. She was 51.

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She was born July 1, 1955, in Juneau. She grew up in Juneau and also lived in Hoonah and Seattle.

She was the child of the Chookandeidee Clan and a granddaughter of the L'uknaxadi.

She attended Hoonah public school, Juneau-Douglas High School and Anchorage High School. She worked in Juneau as a postal clerk and as line crew in Hoonah Cold Storage.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Samuel Knudson Sr.; George and Eva Davis; and Harry and Amy Marvin, of Hoonah; parents, Samuel Knudson Jr. and Hazel (Knudson) Willard; sisters, Laverne Escalante, of Seattle; Eva Villa, of Seattle; Lydia Mamahit, of Juneau; brother Harold Knudson; son, Johnny Mazon; and niece, Carmeena Mamahit.

She is survived by her adopted mother, Hazel Hope, of Juneau; stepfather and spouse, Kenneth Willard Sr. and Donna, of Hoonah; daughters and spouses, Julie Mazon, of Seattle; Frances and George Goenett, of Seattle; Hazel Mazon, of Juneau; Lydia Mazon, of Juneau; sisters and spouses, Celeste Garcia, of Juneau; Joanne and Knute Felipe, of Juneau; Renee and Quinn McLean, of Juneau; brothers, Wilbur Knudson, of Juneau; Paul Joseph, of Seattle; uncles, Ralph Knudson Sr., of Hoonah; Mike Knudson Sr., of Hoonah; aunt, Mary (Knudson) Rudolph, of Anchorage; and numerous other relatives.

Services will be held at Northern Lights Church, at 6 p.m., on 400 West 11th Street, Juneau. Active pallbearers are Wilbur "Jumbo" James, Thomas James, Nathan See, Knute Felipe and Darren Wigg. Honorary pallbearers are Ellis Escalante, Sam Villa, Thomas Cornell and Wilbur Knudson.

Condolences may be sent to Julie Mazon or Celeste Garcia at P.O. Box 21792, Juneau, AK 99802.

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