Arlene Martin Souve


Posted: Friday, April 22, 2005

Former Hoonah resident Arlene Martin Souve, 72, died March 18, 2005, in Seattle.

She was born to Jimmie Martin and Susie Jack Pratt on Dec. 11, 1932, in Tenakee Springs. Her Tlingit name was Jaak'. Her children knew her as Yaa g'ah ku du tees, a pet name given to her by her grandmother. She was Takdeintaan from X'aawk Hit (Sockeye House). She was a child of the Kaagwaantaan Clan from Gooch Hit and a grandchild of the Wooshkeetaan Clan.

She spent her early years in Tenakee Springs, until her family moved to Hoonah. She attended the Hoonah Public School, Pius X Mission School in Skagway and Eklutna Mission School. She got her associate of applied science degree from Seattle Community College.

She married Paul Smith in 1950. They made their home in Hoonah. They had four children, Martin, Paula Corrine, Moses and Paul Smith Jr.

She married Arthur Souve in 1962 and moved to Seattle, where she lived until her death. They had three daughters, Cynthia, Kathy and Marie Souve.

She was an avid gardener and a devout Catholic. Her family said that she was "a proud and doting grandmother."

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Pauline Fernandez, Geraldine Pratt Todd and Alice Kadashan Martin; her son, Martin Smith; her aunts, Dora Jack Williams and Edna Jack; her uncle, Charles Jack Sr.; and her grandparents, Andrew and Mary Jack.

She is survived by her husband, Art; her brothers, James Al (Margaret) Martin and John (Carolyn) Martin of Juneau; her sisters, Adeline St. Clair of Hoonah and Patricia Mills of Soldotna; her sons, Moses Smith of Juneau and Paul Smith Jr. of Hoonah; her daughters, Paula Corrine Spillman Guardado, Cynthia (Scott) Neuman, Kathy Souve, and Marie Souve, all of Washington; four grandchildren, James and Robert Neuman and Franklin and Heather Spillman; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was held on March 28 at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Seattle. A traditional 40-day dinner in her honor will be at 6 p.m. April 28, at ANB Hall. Friends and relatives are invited to attend.

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