Juneau resident Mary Yvonne "Baby" Knudson died May 1, 2007, in Juneau. She was 29.
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She was born Jan. 22, 1978, in Juneau. Her Tlingit name was Diexsá and she was Takdeintaan-Sawu, ChooKaneide-yat'gi. She was a two-year resident of Juneau and lifetime resident of Southeast Alaska. She spent quality time with family and friends and enjoyed fishing, hiking, drawing and traveling.
According to family, she is best known for her years as a firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service. She worked with the Forest Service in Hoonah and then transferred to Juneau. She fought fires throughout Alaska and the Lower 48.
She attended and graduated from Hoonah City Schools. She intended on returning to the University of Alaska Southeast to complete her liberal arts degree.
Family members said she deeply loved her family and had a special place in her heart for her "sister" Johanna Brown and nephew Kenny Brown.
She is survived by her grandmother, Mamie Will-iams, of Hoonah; parents, Mike and Genevieve Knudson, of Hoonah; sisters, Julie Knudson, of Juneau, Janice Byers, of Hoonah, Charlene White, of Hoonah, and Karen Nelson, of Tok; brother, Mike Knudson Jr., of Hoonah; 25 nieces and nephews; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation was Thursday at the Alaska Mortuary in Juneau. A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Hoonah. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the ANB Hall in Hoonah.
Pallbearers are Wilburt Pratt Jr., Gary Brown Jr., John D. Glover, Peter M. Jewell, Gerald Nakamura and Jay Erickson. Honorary pallbearers are Jim E. Nelson, Ernest Hillman Jr., Mary Rudolph, Jennie Lindoff, Ernest Jack and Richard Dauenhauser.