Posted: Monday, July 03, 2000

George E. Williams Jr.

Longtime Juneau resident George Edward Williams Jr. died June 29, 2000, in his home.

He was born Oct. 2, 1941, in Juneau. His clan is T'ak dein taan and his Tlingit name is Sxa yaa eesh. He was named after his great-great uncle Mark Williams.

Williams attended Haines High School. He served in the U.S. Army for four years, where he broke the record on M1 rifle competition for his company. He went on to welding school in Los Angeles, worked as a longshoreman for ILWU for 25 years and worked on the trans-Alaska oil pipeline for several years.

He was a member of ANB Camp 2, Sealaska Corp., Goldbelt Inc., Klukwan Inc., and the Roman Catholic church.

He enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews, taking them fishing and hunting. He encouraged his niece to learn the saxophone and obtain a bachelor's of music in teaching. He was also a longtime fan of the Gold Medal Basketball Tournament.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dora Jack and George Williams Sr. of Haines; grandparents Charles, Harry and Louise Williams of Haines and Andrew and Mary Jack of Tenakee; uncles Jeff David of Haines and Charles Jack of Tenakee; aunt Daisy Phillips of Haines; sister Janet Williams and brothers Victor and Darryl Williams, all of Haines.

He is survived by his twin brother Charles Williams and brothers Robert, Paul, Ernest, Darryl and Kenneth, all of Juneau and brother Joseph of Auburn, Wash.; sisters Trudy Skan, Loretta Wallin and Dorothy Sura all of Juneau, Lorraine Shane of Adak and Bonnie King of Federal Way, Wash.; uncle Amos Wallace and aunt Francis Marvin of Juneau and aunt Florence Bennett of Hoonah.

Eagle relatives Richard James, Jack Young and Thomas Williams of Haines; aunts Alice Johnnie of Juneau, Rose Young of Haines, and Mary Choate of Juneau; the Albecker family of Haines, the Lawrence family of Haines, the Jack family of Hoonah, his ex-wife Karen Wilson of Kenai, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Pallbearers are Andy (Buddy) Soriano, Art Chappell, Mike Ehlers, Mike Morgan, Butch Laiti, James Lindoff, Ira Williams and Harry Williams. Honorary pallbearers are Andy Williams, RJ Hill, James Jack Sr., Fred Jack, Thomas Jack, Ernest Jack, Martin Ebona, John McDonald, Stubby Thompson, Larry Albecker, David Land and Fred Phillips.

Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. today at the ANB Hall. A service will also be held at the ANB Hall in Haines on Thursday.

Marjory H. Esther

Marjory H. Esther died June 25, 2000 in Juneau after a nine-month battle with cancer.

She was born Aug. 3, 1910, along with her twin sister Dorothy, to parents Minnie C. and Robert B. Elsworth. She was a graduate of the University of Michigan and earned a masters of social work from the University of Illinois in Chicago. It was in Chicago that she met and married John Esther.

During the Depression, she donated her services as a case worker for the Traveler's Aid Society. In 1942, the family moved to Yakima, Wash., where she raised three daughters.

In 1960, she went to work at the Washington State Department of Public Assistance. There she worked to change policies regarding handling of payments to Yakima tribal members, allowing them to receive services equal to those of non-Natives.

In 1967, she and her husband moved to Olympia, Wash., where she worked as a supervisor in the state office until she retired in 1972. The couple traveled to the Southwest by camper for 20 winters, hiking and rock hunting with friends.

Following her husband's death in 1996, she moved to Juneau to live near one of her daughters. In Juneau she was a member of the Chapel by the Lake, Southeast Alaska Independent Living's Low Vision Support Group and her condominium association.

Throughout her life she was active in the Presbyterian church and her communities, including being a 4-H and Girl Scout leader in Yakima, member of the Terrace Heights Improvement Club and Garden Society, and an active member of the Yakima and Washington State rock and mineral societies. She donated her mineral collection to the geology department of the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau.

She was an avid gardener and creator of handcrafts.

She is survived by Lucia E. Esther and her partner, Charles Bode III, of Philadelphia, Pa., Linda J. ``Linni'' Esther and her partner, Lauren Champagne of Juneau, and Laura F. Esther of Seattle. She was preceded in death by both her parents, her sister Dorothy MacDonald of Marine City, Mich., and her brother Robert M. Elsworth of Albany, N.Y.

Sandra Griswold of Sandra's Assisted Living and Hospice and Home Care of Juneau provided end-of-life services and care.

Esther asked that remembrances be sent to: Tongass Girl Scout Council, 1000 Harbor Way, Suite 201, Juneau, AK 99801 for camp scholarships for girls.

A memorial service and 90th birthday party to celebrate her life will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 5 at the large shelter at Auk Recreation Area. Call 586-4404 if travel assistance is needed.

Bruce A. Bulkley

Bruce Alan Bulkley, 27, died July 2, 2000, in Anchorage. He lived in Juneau until eight years ago. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on Glacier Highway. Full obituary will follow.

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