Amy Williams Ebona Nelson

Posted: Thursday, November 07, 2002

Longtime Juneau resident Amy Williams Ebona Nelson died Nov. 2, 2002, in Juneau.

She was born March 21, 1915, in Hoonah. She was the clan mother of the Kiks'adi Clan of Sitka. Her Tlingit name was Lwook'oo. She was the daughter of Sally Hopkins (Shxasti) and Peter Williams Sr. (Keidlatk'i Eesh) of the Chookaneidi Clan. Her stepfather was Sam Hopkins (K'alaxetl) of the Shangukeioi Clan. She was a cannery worker, nurses' assistant, and a housekeeper. She was a lifetime member of ANS Camp No. 2.

Her family said she loved teaching and maintaining cultural traditions and dance. She was Russian Orthodox and loved her church. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and truly loved her family, culture and traditions.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Andrew Ebona Sr.; and second husband Frank Nelson.

She is survived by her sister Emma (Oscar) Olsen of Juneau; daughters Elizabeth (John) Shorty of Juneau; Maxine Robinson of Seattle; Andrea Ebona-Michel of Juneau; sons George F. Williams of Juneau; Andy Ebona of Juneau; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are George Williams Jr.; Jeffery Williams; Walter Johns; Ben Coronell; Marcelo Quinto; Mike Miller; Dave Miller; Richard Dauenhauer; and Randy Wanamaker. Honorary pallbearers are John Nielson; Katherine Williams; John Shorty Sr., Marie Olsen, Ozzie Sheakley, Ernie Hillman; Al McKinley Sr.; Oscar Olson; Sam Wanamaker; David Katzeek, Dorothy Wallace; Eunice Akagi; Margaret Abbott and Ida Kadahan.

A memorial service will be held at 7 tonight, Nov. 7, at the ANB Hall. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the ANB Hall.

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