June Pegues passed away Nov. 13, 2010, in Federal Way, Wash. She was born on June 2, 1929, to Charlie and Annie (Johnson) Bennett. She was Deisheetaan Raven-Beaver from the Raven House of Angoon and her Tlingit name was Aan yax sax eex. June had a beautiful soprano voice, she sang in the choir, and graduated from Sheldon Jackson in 1947.
June was raised in Angoon and was a lifelong member of the Frances Johnson Memorial Church and was an active member of the Northern Light United Church. She also attended the Glacier Valley Church of God. June was a shareholder of Goldbelt, Sealaska and Kootznoowoo corps. She also served as delegate to Tlingit and Haida of Anchorage. June was re-elected to multiple terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the Goldbelt Corporation.
During the 1960s, June took advantage of Juneau Community College's secretarial skills classes and was able to go straight from working at the Juneau Cannery to working on Gov. William Egan's staff. She also worked for other state and federal government agencies.
After retiring, June accepted a position with Goldbelt in a collaborative effort to produce a series of Tlingit language instructional books.
During the creation of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, she was the first to enroll in ANCSA - her enrollment number is No. 1.
June was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 34 years, Terry Pegues; her parents Charlie and Annie Bennett; brothers Joseph Bennett, Sr., Thomas Bennett, Sr. and James Klushkan; her older sister, Elsie John and her children Lawrence, Michael and Audrey Brown.
June is survived by her sisters Margaret Gamble and Harriet Chilton; sons James, Neil and Mark Brown and Terrance Pegues; daughters, Carrie (Todd) Prophet and Pamela Brown; grandchildren Amberly Brown, Harold Johns, Walter Johns and Lindsey Mike and great-grandchildren Phyllis Johns, Samantha Johns, Kyerra Mike, Christopher Mike, Katlyn, Casey, Elizabeth, Joseph and Ethan Prophet.
She touched so many lives with her kindness, warmth, grace and compassion, and will be deeply missed.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall in Juneau.