Former Juneau resident Helena Becker died Aug. 8, 2002, at her home in Haines.
She was born June 1, 1926, in Tovik, Norway, and moved to Canada in 1928. At age 8 she traveled alone on the Prince George to Juneau to live with her father, Nels Anderson, a gold miner. She graduated from Juneau High School, and after raising six children she moved to Haines in 1975.
In Juneau she worked as an executive secretary to commissioners at the state Department of Fish and Game and with the Legislature. She later commercial fished with her husband.
She was an active board member of the Haines Christian Center. She enjoyed working with the youth, gardening, knitting and playing the piano, her family said. She spent the last 10 years traveling a great deal in the South Pacific to meet the family albacore fishing vessel.
She was preceded in death by her father, Nels Anderson, and mother, Anna Mothe.
She is survived by her husband, Bob Becker of Haines; sons Jim and Nels Becker of Juneau; daughters Kerry Madsen of Juneau, Julie Carson of Portland, Ore., Gayle Olmsted of Hilo, Hawaii, and Bonnie Johnson of Haines; 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; stepmother Pauline Anderson of Colorado Springs, Colo., brothers Ralph and Arnie Mothe of Canada, Martin Anderson of Colorado Springs, Colo., and sisters Mitzie Vig of Canada and Judi Anderson of Colorado Springs, Colo.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2002, at the Presbyterian Church in Haines. A potluck and time of sharing will follow at the ANB Hall.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Haines Christian Center youth program "Crossroads" at P.O. Box 730, Haines, AK 99827.