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Ada Marie Patterson died Oct. 27, 2010 of ovarian cancer. She was born in Juneau on Sept. 19, 1956, and continued to live here for the next 54 years.
Ada was seventh out of 10 children. Her siblings are Howard Patterson, Joseph Patterson, Barbara Terry-Jones, Patricia Perez, Michael Patterson, Douglas Patterson, Carrie Cruise, Jo Ann Patterson, and Inez Patterson.
Ada was also known as the legendary Ada Patterson; the weather woman, and the novelist. Her father's grandmother was a descendant of St. Thomas Becket. Hilda Becket Patterson was the mother of Ada's father. Her Tlingit name was Kh'eikaxhdu.oo, and she was of L'uknaxh.adi (Raven-Coho) from the Whale House in Dry Bay. She was also part of the Sarabia family and was known and loved by many.
She was friends with the local birds. She enjoyed gambling in Native casinos, lotto scratch tickets and pull tabs. She also enjoyed riding the bus talking to tourists about Juneau and descriptions on how to get around on the bus. She had fun watching the tourists enjoy themselves. Her favorite pastime was listening to Rockin' Ron on the radio. She was lovingly cared for by her boyfriend Jerry V. Blehm, who was very helpful and brought much fun, wisdom and protection. They had a lot of fun together.
Ada was preceded in death by her father Joseph Patterson and uncle Charles Gamble.
She is survived by her mother Lillian (Gamble) Patterson, committed and loving boyfriend Jerry V. Blehm, four children; Eugene Thompson, Capricha Lane, Crystal Rogers, and Angel Rogers; and her grandson Dillon Gonzalez.
Services will be held in Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall at 4 p.m. Thursday. Ada requested that those who wish to wear their regalia, and bring a dish of food if possible for a reception to follow her services.