Gladys "Laddie" June Burkhart, 77, died Oct. 1, 2005, in Wasilla from a long illness.
She was born to Louis and Matilda Paul on June 27, 1928, in Wrangell, where she spent most of her life before moving to Sitka. She was married to the late Arvis M. Dailey from 1951 to 1977 and to the late W. Lee Burkhart of Sitka from 1977 to 1993.
She attended Wrangell public schools and Sheldon Jackson School in Sitka during the Great Depression. She received her high school diploma from Bremerton High School in Washington.
She was employed at Wrangell Seafoods Cannery in the 1960s and at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Wrangell Institute from 1970 to 1975. She retired from Mount Edgecumbe High School when it closed in the early 1980s.
She was active in Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp No. 1 and Tlingit and Haida Community Council before the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act was passed. As a member and delegate of Wrangell ANS Camp No. 1, she traveled to Grand Convention sites during the 1960s. In Sitka, she was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Moose Lodge and ANS Camp No. 4.
She was Presbyterian and had a strong belief in God and prayer.
She was preceded in death by her husbands; her parents; her son, Kendal Dailey; and her brothers, Louis Paul III and Richard Paul.
She is survived by her four children, Eleanor Dailey of Juneau, Crystal Dailey of Eagle River, Glenn Dailey of Copper Center and Kelly Stephenson of Sacramento, Calif.; her six grandchildren; her sisters, Nana Estus of Anchorage and Marian DeWitt of Wasilla; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 15, at Presbyterian Church in Sitka. A reception will follow.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: Eleanor Dailey (also Crystal Dailey, Kelly Stephenson and Glenn Dailey), 1220 Glacier Ave., No. 311, Juneau, 99801.
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