Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Amy Marvin

Hoonah resident Amy Marvin died May 18, 2001, in Hoonah.

She was born May 16, 1912, at the Hoonah Cannery Camp. She was a descendant of Glacier Bay of Nanahit Kayat Kade gan.

She was Chookan sha of the Eagle moiety. She was a lifetime member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 12 of Hoonah and was one of the past presidents of ANS Camp 12. She was one of the founders of the Mt. Fairweather dance group and was one of its lead singers and drummers. She went as far as Nome and Washington, D.C., representing the Tlingit people of Hoonah.

She was a member of the Russian Orthodox Church and was a choir member. She also enjoyed cooking her Native food, sewing, crocheting and teaching others about her traditional song and culture.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harry Marvin; her son James Knudson Sr.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Paul Rudolph of Hoonah; her daughter Mary Rudolph of Hoonah; her sons Sam and Thike Knudson of Hoonah and Ralph Knudson Sr. of Juneau; and her adopted son Roger Dor of Washington, D.C.

A memorial service was held at the Hoonah ANB Hall on Tuesday.

Blanche Hiddleson

Juneau resident Blanche "Afton" Hiddleson died May 16, 2001, at Oregon Health Science University.

She was born Feb. 25, 1921, in Tuilla, Utah.

For many years she owned a cattle ranch with her husband in Midvale, Idaho. After moving to Juneau, she was a teacher's assistant at Harborview Elementary School, where she was known as Grandma Afton to many students. She was also a volunteer in the Older Americans Volunteer Program, the Peer Counselor Program and the Senior Volunteers in Action Program. For her work in the Senior Volunteers program she received several awards from the Governor's Office.

She was preceded in death by her husband Rex Hiddleson; her mother Phoebe Shoemaker; her father James Powell; her brother Donny Powell; and her sisters Mavis Snapp and Rena Irving.

She is survived by her son Gary Grange; her daughter Janet Grange; her grandchildren Joyce Grange, Stephen Grange and Shannon Grange-Marks; and her great-grandchild Cheyenne Harzman.

She was cremated and her ashes scattered on the ocean at the same place where her husband's ashes were scattered. There will be a celebration of her life on Saturday, May 26, at 2 p.m. Those attending are invited to come and share a happy memory.

Afton was a very independent person, and in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to one of the three organizations that helped make it possible for her to remain in her apartment and live the independent life she enjoyed: Care-A-Van, Cornerstone Home Health Care, or St. Ann's Rehab Program.

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