Tessie Isabelle Williams-Stevenson


Posted: Sunday, December 17, 2006

Hoonah resident Tessie Isabelle Williams-Stevenson died Dec. 9, 2006. She was 26.

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She was born Oct. 13, 1980, in Mount Edgecumbe. Her Orthodox Church name was Catherine, and her Tlingit name was Gaa yee Gaa Tlaa. She was Raven, T'akdeintan of the Snail House, child of Kaagwaantaan.

She enjoyed drawing, making latch hook rugs and key rings, berry picking and going hunting and fishing. She graduated from Hoonah High School and was a tribal member of Tlingit and Haida Central Council, tribal member of Hoonah Indian Association, shareholder of Sealaska and Huna Totem Corporations, member of Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 12 and Mt. Fairweather dance group. She had various labor jobs and most recently worked for the Icy Straits Co., last summer.

She is survived by her husband, Fred Stevenson; mother, Jerry Henry; step father, Ray Henry; father, Leroy Williams; grandparents, William and Genevieve Cook Jr., Ernest and Lillian Hillman, Jr., Fred and Nora Bennett; great grandfathers Harvey and Richard Marvin Sr.; sisters, Christine and Frances Williams, and Gayle, Karoline and Sophie Henry; brothers, Zack Williams and Chris Holland; aunts, Mary Cook, Veronica Dalton, Valerie Hillman, Yvonne Gilda and Violet James; uncles, William Cook III, John and Nick Marvin, John and Ernie Hillman III, Glen, Keith and Pedro Johnson and Wilburt Pratt; and numerous great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Frances and Roy Williams; great-grandmothers, Mary Wilson and Alice Hillman; great-grandfathers, Nick Marvin and William Cook Sr.; uncles, Wilfred, Alan, Leslie, Tyrone and Victor Johnson and George Obert Jr.; and sister, Mary Frances Williams.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday and in the afternoon Tuesday in Hoonah.

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