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Former Juneau resident Geraldine Nellie Bledsoe (Mayeda) died Aug. 18, 2002, in Redding, Calif.
She was born March 7, 1954, in Juneau and was of the Eagle Killerwhale moiety. She worked for America Wall Covering for six years as a taper/painter, and at Myer Motel in Redding, Calif., and as a homemaker. She recently went to school to learn computers to work in the medical field, but illness prevented her from completing the classes.
Her family said her love for hot weather kept her in Redding, and in her leisure time she loved to read and play computer games. Early in her adult life she loved to travel, and visited 36 states.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert and Nellie Hanson; mother Violet Mayeda; sister Carol Johnson; brother George Mayeda Jr.; aunt Evangeline Scharclane; uncles Albert and Robert (Jr.) Hanson; and niece Erica Johnson.
She is survived by her husband Kevin Bledsoe of Redding, Calif.; father George Mayeda of Juneau; sisters Karen (Michael) Orazio; Vera (Jim) Jackson; Maxine (Ronald) Cropley, all of Juneau; and Elizabeth Johnson of LaPeer, Mich.; brothers Gerald (Marlis) Mayeda and John (Paula) Mayeda of Juneau; aunts Martha James, Virginia Hanson and Judy Hanson, all of Juneau; and Bernice Smith of Hoonah; 22 cousins; 21 nieces; and 12 nephews.
A memorial service was held at the ANB Hall on Aug. 26, 2002. For questions and donation information contact Marlis Mayeda at 790-3124.