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Juneau resident Kristen Marie Davis died June 13, 2008. She was 27.
She was born on March 10, 1981, at Mount Edgecumbe Hospital to Alan and Paulette Davis. She was T'akdeintaan, and her Tlingit name was Seeyaa-yeik, which she received from her great-auntie, Wilma Kersey, and was given by her great-uncle, Albert Davis.
She was raised in Kake, went to junior high school in Fairbanks and high school at Mount Edgecumbe, where she was a cheerleader and made special close friends. Her family said that throughout all, her heart was always in Kake and she called herself a "Kake girl." She was especially close to her brother, Sean, and sisters, Carrie and Nicole. They took special care of each other, her family said.
After high school, she moved to Juneau, where she worked with children at Gold Creek Childcare, a job she loved dearly. She attended the University of Alaska Southeast.
She met Matt Rorem, the father of her daughter, Erin, who was born Aug. 22, 2003. After taking computer classes, she was employed at Bartlett Regional Hospital. Some of her favorite pastimes were reading, enjoying music and adding on to her extensive shoe and clothing collection.
"We will miss Kristen's infectious laughter, but it will live on through her precious daughter Erin," her family said.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Henry and Claribel Davis; and uncle, Harry Broulette.
She is survived by her daughter, Erin Rorem; mother, Paulette Heady Davis; father, Alan Davis and his wife, Lovey; sisters, Carrie Davis and Nicole Piratt; brother, Sean Davis; grandparents, Peggy and Ray Heady; nieces, Talia and Riley Davis; aunts, Teresa Heady and her husband, Michael, Edna Jackson and her husband, Mike, Maxine Peterson and her husband, Gary, Georgie Reese and her partner, Anthony, and Tinker Williams and her husband, Gary; uncles, Michael Heady, Henry Davis and his wife, Judy, Robert Hoffman and his wife, Kris, and Paul Reese; great-aunts, Rebecca Rose, Wilma Kersey, Harriet Williams and her husband, Walter, and Katie Davis; great-uncles, George Davis and his wife, Agnes; special friends, Renee Royal, Violet Anderson and Matt Rorem; and many friends from Kake and her travels beyond.
"Over recent years Kristen struggled with alcoholism, but her last heroic act was fighting to get sober," her family said. "She was reaching for something better."
A fund is being established for her surviving daughter, Erin. For more information, contact Carrie Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org.