Marsha Jane Matlock

Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2008

Juneau resident Marsha Jane Johnson Matlock died April 27, 2008, in Juneau. She was 43.

She was born March 8, 1963, in Juneau to Sylvia and Sandy Johnson Sr. She attended Juneau-Douglas High School and continued on to work for Sealaska Corp., Costco, K-Mart, the state of Alaska Vital Statistics Bureau of Indian Affairs and many years at SEARHC Medical.

She had many activities and hobbies, including but not limited to fishing, clamming, camping and playing softball. Family members said she was very involved in her Tlingit culture. She had a strong and powerful voice, and she was a drummer in dance performances, they said. Her family said she took the most pride and joy in her son, Tylar.

She was loved by all that knew her, she had hugs for everyone, anywhere she went her smile lit up the entire place, they said.

In 1985, she met her husband, Charles Matlock. Their love blossomed and they married in 1989, her family said.

She was preceded in death by her father, Sandy Johnson Sr.; uncles, George Obert, Joe Kahklen and Jerry Kahklen; and niece, Sylvia Ann Kitajima.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Matlock; son, Tylar Matlock; mother, Sylvia Johnson; brother, Sandy Johnson Jr.; sisters, Ernestine Bacon and husband, Greg, Christine Johnson, Kathy Johnson, Sandra Johnson and husband, Gary, Bernadine Johnson and Penny Johnson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a service at 6 p.m. today, May 1, at the Tlingit and Haida Community Hall.

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