Longtime Douglas resident Beverly Milton, of the Teikweidi Eagle Brown Bear clan, died Sept. 18, 2009, in Salem, Ore. She was 69.
An adopted daughter into the Tlingit tribe by Eva Milton, of Yakutat, Beverly Ann McCune was born Sept. 3, 1940, in Cambria County, Pa., to John and Anna McCune. She married Robert Milton in 1957 in Sitka, and they raised their family for many years in Juneau and Douglas. She moved to Salem in May 2008 and made many new friends in her adopted home.
She was a member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 2 and worked for the state for many years in the departments of Labor, Revenue, Fish and Game and the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend. She spent much of her time volunteering for Juneau's Kids Day Program and Celebration. She also was an active member of the Bahá'í faith and loved celebrating with other followers.
"But most of all, she loved being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother," her family wrote. "She will be missed by all."
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Milton; parents; brother, James McCune; and sisters, Corinne Danasko and Bella Miller.
She is survived by her five children, Robert Milton Jr. and John Milton, both of Juneau, Dianna Druley of Wasilla, Franklin Milton of Salem, and Katherine Milton of Juneau; 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Alaska Native Sisterhood services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at the Juneau Church of Christ on Trinity. Memorial services were held Monday, Sept. 21, at the Emerald Pointe Retirement Center in Keizer, Ore.
Honorary pallbearers are Agnes Asaro, Joanne Witta, Eunice Akaigi, Peggy Exendine, Victoria Johnson, Delina Quick, Rockie Kunz, Haley White; Grandchildren: Sharon Samantha Chilton, Kevin Milton, Steven Milton, Chellsy Milton, Juan Quintanilla, David Quintanilla, Ernesto Flores, Lupe Flores, Michael Flores, Robert Eldon Druley, Crystal Nelson, Tiffany George, Erica George, Robert Johnson, Barbara, Patterson, and Amanda; and great-grandchildren: Quyanna Nelson, Jay Nelson, Royce Nelson, Trinity Nelson, Harmony Nelson, Lily Milton, Damien Milton, Robert Kaden Druley, Adeline Druley, Malikhi Talley, Sean Talley, and Jericho Baird.
Donations in memory of Beverly may be sent to the Gastineau Humane Society, 7705 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801-7974.