Ruth Lokke

Posted: Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Ruth Lokke, 80, died July 5, 2003, while at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. today, at the Tlingit-Haida Community Center. The funeral service will be held tomorrow, July 10, at the Salvation Ar-my Church with interment at the Alaska Memorial Park.

She was born on July 2, 1923, in Dundas Bay to Albert and Rachel Jackson. Her Tlingit name was T'laa yaak klaa. She was Wooshkeetaan from the Shark House and very proud to be a child of the Takdeintaan.

She spent her early childhood years in the Glacier Bay area. Her family then moved to Hoonah where she attended school. She lived most of her life in Hoonah. She and her husband, Jack Lokke, married on Feb. 20, 1948. They raised their family in Hoonah and later moved to Juneau. Summers were spent at Excursion Inlet, where she worked and put up food for winter use.

Her family said "She held various jobs throughout their married life, but she was best noted for her beautiful beadwork. She took great pride in delivering the most beautiful baskets, stickpins, necklaces and other jewelry. Her handiwork is on display in various places and has been purchased by visitors from locations around the world."

She and Jack were very involved in the Salvation Army Church, and she was enrolled as a senior soldier on Dec. 9, 1951. She was the Home League secretary from 1969 to 1991 and also held the position of chaplain at the time of her death.

She was a shareholder at Goldbelt, Inc., and Sealaska Corporation. She was involved with the Steering Committee for the Huna Heritage Foundation. The Steering Committee was involved in the planning of Clan Workshops, where she was a fluent Tlingit-speaking participant.

Family members said she took great joy in translating songs from English to Tlingit, an art she took part in with her husband and sisters, Goldie and Esther. According to family, she was an avid sports fan who attended Gold Medal tournaments to visit with family and friends and watch her grandsons play ball. She was also a faithful Seattle Mariners fan, said her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; son, LeRoy "Corky" Lokke; granddaughter, Alexsa Vonda; brothers, Frank and Walter Jackson and Alfred Horton Sr.; sisters, Lottie Mercer, Goldie Moses and Esther Moses; and family members, Mary Benson, James Houston, Sam Howard and Lorraine Cagle.

She is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Charles) Polk, Marjorie (Rick) Buckner, Carolyn (John) Martin and Julie (Ronald) Williams, all of Juneau; Rosalyn Howard of Anchorage and Evelyn (Cal) Camp of Georgia; grandson, Alan Lokke of Juneau; sister, Emma Horton of Juneau; brothers, Bill Horton Sr. of Juneau, Sam Hanlon Sr. of Hoonah and John Howard, Sr. of Angoon; and 17 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her nieces, Eva Jackson and Karen (Steve) Palmer of Anchorage, and Francine Koenig and Arlene Jewell of Hoonah; her sister Lottie's children, Richard and Bunny Mercer of Juneau; her sister Emma's children, Penny (Ben) Coronell and Jerry Horton; and numerous other nieces and nephews. Her surviving adopted sister and brothers are Beth Callison Miles Ramsdell, Duane Bosch and Major Gilman.

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