Longtime Hoonah resident Rosabella Helen (James) Stevenson died Sept. 20, 2009, at the Providence Hospital. She was 76.
Born July 25, 1933, in Hoonah, she was of the Kaagwantaan clan, Wolf House.
She attended Hoonah schools and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. Before her health declined, she loved fishing, picking berries and was an avid Bingo player. She had a large heart when it came to caring for her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Helen (Hawkins) James; husband, Ira Benjamin Stevenson Sr.; sisters, Elizabeth Franzen, Katherine James and Selina Johnson; brothers, Phillip and William James; grandson, Robert Jeff Williams; and longtime companion, Daniel Dugaqua.
She is survived by her sister, Cecelia Greenewald of Hoonah; daughters, Laura Williams of Juneau, Elizabeth Akins and Katherine and Helen Stevenson of Anchorage; sons, Ira Benjamin Stevenson Jr., of Seattle, Frederick and Phillip Stevenson of Hoonah. She had 21 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Her Eagle relatives are Karl Greenewald Jr., Tillie Abbott, Karlene Brown, Marlene Shanahan, Billy Greenewald and Linda Thein; Rodney, Gary and Dennis Franzen; Martha, Melaine and Denise Barker; Merle, Sharon and Donna Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers are Karl Greenewald, Alf R. Skaflestad, Jacob White Sr., Jerry White Sr., Adam Greenewald and Kenneth Schoonover.
A memorial service will held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Hoonah. Juneau services are pending.