Winnafred Julia Brown Lee Smith was born Oct. 26, 1930, to Jack Paul Brown and Mabel Lawrence. She passed on Nov. 27, 2010 at Wildflower Court in Juneau. She was K-gwaith eagle child of the Chuokeenidee Ka hit. Winnafred spent her life in Hoonah and half of her childhood at Point Coriless in Glacier Bay. She spent many happy days as a young child there along with her brother Archie Brown Sr., Frank O. Williams, Frank O. Williams Jr., Adaline Burton, Alice Williams and Richard Williams. The other families that spent their summers at Point Coriless were the William and Ross Sheakley families.
Winnie's many accomplishments in her very active life included raising her 12 children, working in the fish and crab cannery and fishing out of a skiff. Winnie went back to high school and graduated in 1971, then went to college to become a Head Start teacher where she taught for 28 years.
She was deeply involved in her culture and spent hours compiling information on it. Winnafred was also a lifetime member of Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 12 of Hoonah, and a shareholder of Huna Totem, Sealalaska and Goldbelt corporations.
Winnie is preceeded in death by her father Jack Brown, husband William Lee Sr., husband Paus Smith Sr., daughter Alice Lee and son Robert Duncan Brown. She is survived by her children William Lee Jr., Jack Lee (Martha), Mildred Wright (Charlie), Doris Williams and Royanne Wright (Wesley) of Hoonah; and Frank Lee (Loveyann), Archie Lee (June), Mable Lee, Freddy Lee (Genie) and Francis Warden of Juneau. She is also survived by her stepmother Frannie Ermaloff, brother Jack Brown and sisters Lavina Ellison, Marietta (Rita) Leask and Myrna Yates.
Winnie is an aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother to so many they are too numerous to mention.
A service for Winnie will be held Thursday in Juneau at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the service starts at 7 p.m. An ANS Memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in Hoonahat the ANB Hall. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the ANB Hall in Hoonah.