Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2000

Sophie Francis Marvin

Longtime Alaskan resident Sophie Francis Marvin died May 11, 2000, at St. Ann's Care Center after a long battle with cancer.

She was born on April 15, 1930, in Excursion Inlet. She lived in Hoonah, Sitka and most recently in Juneau since 1987. She was of the Raven moiety and Coho clan. Her Tlingit name was KaaJaa He'ik.

She was a talented artist and her exceptional beadwork will live on in Native communities throughout Southeast Alaska, the family said. She took great pride in her work, which was valued both traditionally and in today's market place.

She also participated in numerous dance groups for Sealaska Heritage Celebration and enjoyed attending clan workshops hosted by Huna Totem Heritage Foundation.

She was a lifetime member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp #12 and a member of the Juneau Prayer Group and the Bethel Assembly of God Church. She was a religious woman with a generous spirit, her family said.

She worked in the Hoonah Crab Cannery and Cold Storage for 17 years, Excursion Inlet Packing Company for six years and worked in the Hoonah Public schools as an assistant cook for 11 years.

She is survived by her daughters Dorothy (and husband Tom) Grant, Mary Tarr, Barbara Whitcraft, Katherine Marvin of Juneau and Geraldeen (and husband Jeffery) Reetz of Seattle; sons Willis (and wife Betty) Marvin of Juneau and David John Marvin, Jr. (and wife Kathy) of Hoonah; special friends Ted Zinney and Dave Miller; and numerous uncles, aunts, sisters, grandchildren, relatives and lifelong friends.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., on Friday, at the Huna Totem building, 9301 Glacier Highway.

A celebration of life service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bethel Assembly of God Church, 8001 Glacier Highway.

Pallbearers will be Harvey Lindoff, Glenn Johnson, Victor Johnson, David Katzeek, Ozzie Sheakley, Mike See, Pat Ness and Ronnie James.

Honorable pallbearers will be George Obert, Richard Marvin, Harvey Marvin, Violet James, Anna Katzeek, Margaret Stevens, Lily E. White, Leo Bacon, Sr., and Ida Kadashan.

The family can be reached through Barbara Whitcraft, 230 South Franklin Street, No. 708, Juneau, AK, 99801.

Robert Jeff Williams

Juneau resident Robert Jeff Williams died this winter and was found May 6, 2000, near Hoonah. He was reported missing Dec. 15, 1999, on a hunting trip. He was 21 years old.

He was born Oct. 17, 1978, in Juneau to Robert and Laura Williams.

Williams, a descendant of the Kaagwaantaan Wolf clan, enjoyed hunting, fishing, roller blading, hiking and bingo. He also loved to help people in need. He was a graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School.

He is survived by his parents Robert and Laura Williams; siblings Kimberly Velasco, Charlotte Rorem, Andrew Williams, Royal Hill, Jr., Grace Hill, Harry Williams, Cecelia Williams and Ira Williams all of Juneau; grandmother Rosie Stevenson of Hoonah; girlfriend Mijita Aranda of Juneau; many uncles and aunts; tribal brothers and sisters; and nephews and nieces in Juneau and in Hoonah.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., tonight, at the ANB Hall in Juneau. Another memorial service will take place 1 p.m., on Saturday, at the ANB Hall in Hoonah.

Pallbearers will be Chris Mills, Jordan Irwin, Jeff Walker, Dave Garcia, Travis Smallwood, James Jack, Jr. and Eli Soriano.

Honorary pallbearers will be Thomas Jack, George Dalton, Fred and Phillip Stevenson, Paul, Darryl and Ken Williams, Bob Zura, Ben Wallin, Ray Skan, Sr., Andy Soriano, Moses Smith and Jeff David.

Memorials can be made to the National Bank of Alaska, 9150 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK, 99801, account number 2101916657.

Junia Marie Butler

Former Juneau resident Junia Marie Butler died April 25, 2000, in Colorado Springs, Colo., from cancer.

She was born April 1, 1928, in Calhan, Colo.

She lived most of her life in Colorado except for the three years she lived in Alaska. She first came to Juneau in 1978 and stayed two years. She then returned in 1981 for one year before relocating back to her home state. While in Juneau, she was an employee of the Alaska Power Administration. She also was an avid angler and loved to fish the waters of Southeast Alaska.

She is survived by her son Rodney Butler; two daughters Peggy Butler and Colleen Mowry; two brothers Jack and Gene Currier and her sister Evelyn Balsick all of Colorado.

Services were held at the United Methodist Church on April 28, 2000, in Calhan, Colo.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pikes Peak Hospice, 825 E. Pikes Peak Avenue, Suite 600, Colorado Springs, Colo., 80903.

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