Juneau resident Mary Anita Abbott Aspinwall, 66, died Sept. 10, 2005, in Seattle.
She was born to Lilly White Abbott Nigh and John Abbott of Haines on Jan. 28, 1939. She was Chilkat Eagle Thunderbird. She worked as a seamstress, a waitress, and later, a nurse.
She enjoyed cooking and married life with Tom Aspinwall, whom she kept in contact with after their divorce. She was a member of Northern Light United Church. She sang with the Tlingit Gospel Singers and St. Paul Singers of Juneau. She was the only Tlingit in a local choir and participated in the production of a compact disc with the group.
Friends and family members say she was known for her "humorous antics, wit and charm."
She was preceded in death by her son, TJ Aspinwall.
She is survived by George Abbott, Charles Abbott, Thomas Abbott, Clara Abbott Madson and Helen Abbott Watkins; her tribal mother, Anna Katzeek; David G. Katzeek, Dennis Katzeek, Daniel Katzeek, Rodney Katzeek and Janice Marie Katzeek; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Honorary pallbearers are Ruth Kasko, Keri Edwards, Linda Belarde, Emma Olsen, Raymond Watkins, Smith Katzeek, Chris Mills and Ray Wilson.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m., Sept. 16, at Northern Light United Church. A lunch will follow the service.
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