Former Juneau resident Grace P. Canul died on April 19, 2007, after a long illness at the Ray Hickey Hospice House in Vancouver, Wash. She was 70.
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She was born Aug. 18, 1936, to James Miller and Bessie (Edwards-Miller) Visaya at St. Ann's Hospital in Juneau. She was of the Raven moiety, Yax Te' Taan (Dog Salmon) from the Yax Te' Hit (Dipper House) Auk Kwan. Her Tlingit name was Auk Ta Shaa.
While growing up, her mother would take Grace and her little sister, Marlee, out to Hawk Inlet while Bessie worked at the cannery. Grace said those were her happiest childhood memories, according to family.
She attended Juneau schools. After graduating high school in 1954, she went to the Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kan., where she received her commercial business degree in 1958.
Canul worked at St. Ann's hospital, SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and Bureau of Indian Affairs until her disability retirement in 1984.
Her children recall their mother as very intelligent and enjoyed playing bingo, crossword puzzles and cheering on her Chicago "Cubbies." She also enjoyed cheering on her children and grandchildren while they played softball and baseball.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Melba "Janie" Wallace and her husband, Albert Wallace Sr.; nephews, Perry, Dwayne, Derwin Miller and Charlie Wallace.
She is survived by her five children, Victoria Canul-Dunne and her husband, Mike, of Juneau, Mark Canul, of Juneau, Janine Canul and her partner, Jake Butler, of Romulus, Mich., Joe Canul Jr., of Seattle, and Jonelle Canul and her partner, Tucker Johnson, of Douglas; grandchildren, Rista Shelly and her husband, Aaron, of Soldotna, Felicia, Ricky and Miquelle Moreno, all of Lawrence, Kan., Shakira Vallejo, of Juneau, Bianca Canul, of Romulus, Douglas Chilton, of Juneau, and Keisha Willard Canul, of Juneau; great-grandchildren, Ava and Alycia Shelly, Dylan Chilton and Evan Moreno; nieces, Liana Wallace and Marlee Wallace-Burns, of Juneau; nephews, David Wallace, of Juneau, and Albert Wallace and his wife, Linda, of Olympia, Wash.; sisters, Esther Wiemer and her husband, Bill, of Ketchikan, Marlee Isturis and her husband, Rudy, of Juneau, and Rosa Miller, of Douglas, and their families; and numerous other relatives.
She was cremated and her ashes will be spread at Hawk Inlet. A memorial service will be held July 6 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Juneau.
Condolences and donations may be sent to Janine Canul, 6041 Airborn St., Romulus, MI 48174, or to firstname.lastname@example.org (Victoria Canul-Dunne).