Priscilla Violet Kahklen


Posted: Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Juneau resident Priscilla Violet Kahklen, 79, died April 19, 2005, in Juneau.

She was born June 28, 1925, to Henry and Lillian Roberts Sr. in Klawock. She was a member of the Yanyedei Wolf Clan/Taku River Tribe, and her Tlingit name was Kaalihein. In June 2000, at an Interior clan party, she was designated clan mother for the coastal Yanyedei Wolf Clan and given the name K'ashdlaa Tlaa.

She married Daniel David Kahklen on Nov. 21, 1941, and they stayed together for 54 years. They moved in March of 1954 from Klawock to Juneau. The couple helped raise their granddaughter, Bobbie Lee Kahklen, from birth until she left for college.

Priscilla Kahklen was a janitor at Gastineau Elementary School and Juneau-Douglas High School. She also worked at Goldbelt Hotel as a salad maker, before receiving her high school equivalency on March 3, 1981, at age 56.

She worked as laundry manager at Bartlett Memorial Hospital, where she received certificates for laundry procedures, technology and products (Oct. 22, 1980); effective time management (March 16, 1981): the St. Louis University Program for Health Services Continuing Education; a correspondence course in housekeeping management (June 23, 1982); a program of supervisory development (July 16, 1982); a course in communication at the University of Alaska (Oct. 29, 1982); and a prescribed loss control management course with Scott Metzel Services (Nov. 2, 1984).

She loved to crochet and knit, and make Native foods. She was a seal hunter and loved to fish. Her family said that she was "a good daughter, mother, auntie, grandmother and great- grandmother. She was a kind, caring, giving, forgiving, good-natured kind of a lady, who was a good listener."

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel David Kahklen; six sons, Bernard, two un-named sons, Bruce, Terry Leslie and Delaney Kahklen; her sisters, Estabeth Roberts, Annabell Roberts and Alice Castillo.

Priscilla is survived by her six daughters, Lillian Arnette, Suzanne M. Christiansen and Dani Terease Soosuk of Anchorage, Linda S. Morris and Janice L. Roberts-Kahklen of Juneau, and Karen E. Dillon of Nagodoches, Texas; her brother, Henry Roberts Jr.; and 19 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Upon her request, no formal memorial service was held. A celebration of life was April 22, 2005, at the Gruening Park Recreation Hall in Juneau. Her ashes will be put in her favorite fishing area at Sheep Creek on what would have been her 80th birthday, June 28, 2005.

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