Doris Jean St. Clair

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Doris Jean St. Clair was born Sept. 13, 1955 in Juneau to Kelly and Adeline St. Clair. She died unexpectedly on Aug. 25, 2010.

Doris was from the Deisheetaan Clan (Steel House), and a child of Kaagwaantaan (Bell House).

She attended Hoonah public schools in her younger years and completed one year of her education at the University of Washington.

Doris enjoyed life to the fullest. She was always busy with her family, especially during the holidays, a time when she worked hard making the holidays beautiful memories for everyone. She always went all out for family dinners and picnics. Her pride and joy was working on Native regalia for her nieces, nephews and grandchild. When she was not sewing, she was taking them swimming or fishing. Her other hobbies included going to garage sales, playing bingo with her mother and car riding with Russell.

Doris held many jobs, and her employers included Sealaska, the U.S. Forest Service, the Alaska Marine Highway System, Goldbelt's Mt. Roberts Tramway and the Hoonah School District, where she worked as a teacher's aide. She was also a proud shareholder of Sealaska and Huna Totem.

Doris was preceded in death by her father, Kelly St. Clair Sr.; brothers Lyle St. Clair, Clifford St. Clair, Kelly St. Clair Jr. and Dale.

Her grandparents were Frank St. Clair and Nancy (St. Clair) Knudson. Her maternal grandparents were Joe Pratt and Fanny John. Her great-grandmother was Ester Kanosh.

She is survived by her two sons, Kyle and Toby Ward; her grandson Darin; her mother Adeline St. Clair, her brothers Aaron, Frank, Kelvin and Earl St. Clair, Joe Shepphard and Tony Mills; sisters Ella and Sherri St. Clair; uncles Billie Albert, Johnnie Albert, Emmet Albert, Walter Pratt, Jake Pratt, Cy Peck and Ray Peck; her aunties Jennie Lindoff, Shirley Kendall, Margret Martin, Roberta Johnson, Vicky Johnson and Arlene Albert; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and last but not least, her best friend and partner Russell Ford.

The family will be having a service in Juneau before taking Doris home to Hoonah. The date, time and place will be announced at a later time. For more information, contact Julienn St. Clair at 796-2202.

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