Kathleen Wakefield


Posted: Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Juneau resident Kathleen Wakefield died Oct. 31, 2007, at home after a long illness. She was 57.

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She was born Kathleen Lynn Willman on Feb. 13, 1950, in Longview, Wash. She spent most of her youth in Southeast Alaska, graduating from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1967. She graduated from Smith College in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in governmental studies and received her master's degree in pastoral studies from Seattle University in 1999.

She was ordained a deacon in the Episcopal Church in 1996 and a priest in 1998. She was a scholar, teacher, preacher, counselor and friend. According to her family, she was a wonderful life-mate and mother. Her family said the Rev. Steve Charleston called her a prophet.

She worked for the state of Alaska for many years and ended her service at the Division of Legal and Research Services for the Legislature. She served as associate rector at St. Brendan's Episcopal Church and associate and interim rector at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

She married James R. Wakefield on July 4, 1970. They had two children.

"Kathleen loved to read, write and spend time with her many loving friends," her husband said. "In her sermons, articles in the newspaper, other writings and in her daily life, mother Kathleen delivered a message of love and inclusiveness, and especially the importance of loving and accepting yourself for who you are. She also stressed the importance of laughter."

She is survived by her husband; two children, Jess and Zachary Wakefield; sister, Teresa Narvaez; niece, Veronica Narvaez; nephews, Tom and Marcus Narvaez.

Services will be at noon Saturday, Nov. 10, at St. Paul's Catholic Church.

Memorial donations may be made to either Hospice and Home Care of Juneau or the Holy Trinity Building Fund.

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