Juneau resident Lillian Jim-Croasmun died June 19, 2007, at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau. She was 55.
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She was born Oct. 31, 1951, in Juneau, to the late Charlie Jim Sr. and Jennie Jim, and was raised in Angoon. She lived in Juneau for three years, Anchorage for two years, and prior to that, in Angoon. She worked for Tlingit and Haida Angoon Headstart for more than 12 years and preceding that, she did cannery work.
Her family recalls Lillian always saying that her parents encouraged her to do the very best she could. She believed that if she hadn't listened to her parents, she wouldn't have been where her life's path had guided her.
She got her GED and CDA certificates for her job in adult education in Angoon. Her family says that she measured her success in 10-year increments. She would say that if she made it 10 years, she could do another 10 years. She also really enjoyed working with children, as they not only made her laugh, but they always knew when she was in need of a kind word - knowing the right thing to say to make her spirits soar. Her family recalls that she had many fond memories of working with children. Her favorite pastimes were listening to music, watching television, teasing friends and playing bingo.
She is survived by her husband, Matthew Croasmun of Juneau; her mother, Jennie Jim of Angoon; her mother-in-law, Dorothy Croasmun of Erie Penn; her adopted son, Rusty Johnson Jr.; her sisters, Marie Demmert, Darlene Jack, Ida Jack, Barbara Demmert, Frances Johnson, all of Angoon; Betty Torres and Dora Barr of Juneau; Karen Campbell of Wrangell; and Margie Jarrett of Seattle; her adopted sisters, Cheryl Rose of Kake and Harriet Silva of Angoon; her brothers, William Jim, Paul Thomas Jr., Frank Jim, Joseph Jim Sr., Floyd Jim, all of Angoon; and Tommy Davis of Seattle; her aunts and uncles, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Jack Sr., Ethel Jack, all of Angoon; and Percy Hunter Sr., of Yakima, Wash.; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Pallbearers are Matthew Croasmun, Clifford Paul, Kyle Johnson, Peter Jack Jr., Rusty Johnson Sr., Marty Thomas, Alvin Johnson, Peter Demmert, John Howard Jr., Jeremy Martin, and John Croasmun, Sr.
Honorary Pallbearers are Garfield George, Daniel Johnson Jr., Alan Zuboff, Jimmy George Jr., and Leonard Demmert.
Services were held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Tlingit and Haida in Juneau. She is being taken to Angoon, where services will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Angoon ANB Hall. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday in Angoon.