Juneau resident Irene Paulette Shima, 54, died Aug. 19, 2005, at home.
She was born Oct. 20, 1950, in Portsmouth, Va. She was the activities director at Bridge Adult Day Care Center and was a deacon at the Chapel by the Lake. Her family says that she "was gentle and full of joy. Her strength, compassion, heart, spirit and love of others and life will be remembered forever."
She is survived by her husband, Noel Shima of Juneau; her son, Jason Shima of Eugene, Ore.; her daughter, Anne Shima of Honolulu, Hawaii; her sister, Lee Kolden and her husband Roger of Oak Harbor, Wash.; and her mother, Dorothy Galivan of Oak Harbor, Wash.
A memorial service will be 7 p.m., Aug. 25, at Chapel by the Lake.
Irene's greatest passion was her job at Bridge Adult Day Care Center. The Bridge will be moving into a new facility in October, and it's her wish to have a part in the new opening. In lieu of flowers, make donations to the program at the memorial service or mail donations to Bridge Adult Day Care Center, c/o Mary Miller, 895 West 12th St., Juneau, 99801.