Esther Bailey Clark


Posted: Friday, October 31, 2003

Juneau resident Esther Bailey Clark, 78, died Oct. 29, 2003, in Juneau.

She was born Aug. 3, 1925, in Sitka to Harold and Elizabeth Bailey. She was Chookenshaw descended from Glacier Bay and the child of L'uk'nax.adi. She moved to Juneau in 1939 and worked three jobs to raise her three children. She worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and later at the Auke Bay Laboratory Library as their technical librarian until she retired.

She was a shareholder of Sealaska and Goldbelt Corporations and a tribal member of the Central Council, Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. She was active with the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 70 and the Jr. ANS since the 1950s. She dedicated much of her energy and talents throughout the years as an advocate for young and old people. She was a world traveler and enjoyed playing Bingo.

Her family wrote, "She was a prime example of grace, dedication and poise. She was proud to be the first in her family to live to see four generations of Chookeneidi."

She was preceded in death by her parents, eight brothers and sisters, and her daughter, Wilda Loescher.

She is survived by her son, Robert W. Loescher of Juneau, daughter, Wanda J. Culp of Hoonah and Excursion Inlet; grandchildren, Robert T. Loescher, Angelenna and Renee Culp, Christy Belanger and Cory MacDonald, all of Juneau; and great-grandsons, Michael Loescher of Oregon, Donovan Culp and Dylan Belanger of Juneau.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at the ANB Hall in Juneau. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at the Alaskan Mortuary & Memorial Park on Riverside Drive.

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