After a two-month battle with a heart attack and other health issues, Kathy Ariel passed away on Aug. 9, 2010. Kathy was born in Juneau on Dec. 12, 1952, the second of three sisters. Despite the hardships of being a middle child and growing up with few resources, Kathy blossomed into a devoted and loving wife, sister, mother, co-worker and friend to many.
A lifelong Alaskan, Kathy gave 30 years of federal government service under the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Housing Authority. She was recently elected as vice-president of her labor union, due to her reputation as a hard worker and champion of fellow employees, never being afraid of adversity.
She valued family, and her home was the center of countless gatherings and celebrations. Kathy took great pride in her Native Alaskan heritage, as well as membership in her church. She was a shareholder in the Seaalaska and Goldbelt Corporations.
Kathy was preceded in death by her grandmother, Dorothy Conkle, and mother, Hazel Beach. She is survived by sisters Joann Riley of Burlington, Wash., and Trudy Rowland of Mount Vernon, Wash., children Noah Gray of Las Vegas and Russell, Will, Travis and Amy of Anchorage, along with numerous nieces and nephews living in Washington state.
Kathy was loved and cherished by all, and will be dearly missed by friends and family.
A memorial service is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday at Faith Community Christian Church.