Margaret 'Dinksey' Totland

Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008

Juneau resident Margaret "Dinksey" Totland died Dec. 11, 2008, at her home. She was 47.

Born Margaret Irene Willard on Jan. 31, 1961, in Haines to the family of Evans and Dorothy Willard, she attended primary and secondary school in Haines and continued her education at Alaska Business College in Anchorage.

At the age of 21, she moved to Ketchikan and married Larry Totland, and on Feb. 24, 1984, she gave birth to her son, Andrew.

Larry's logging jobs moved them to many towns and logging camps throughout Southeast Alaska. At the time of her death, she was employed as a case manager at Juneau Youth Services.

She was sociable and well liked wherever she went, and she always enjoyed a good time, her family said. Her hobbies were sport fishing, snow machining, traveling, reading and cooking. Her family said her cheesy potato bake delighted many a diner.

Her family said the two most important things in her life were giving birth to Andrew and finally fulfilling her lifelong dream of going to Jamaica.

She loved belonging to a large close-knit family and spent as much time with them as possible. She also had a beloved dog, Louis.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mildred and William Sparks, of Haines; and her father.

She is survived by her mother; son, Andrew Totland; sisters, Jan Harrington, Nancy Coleman, Evangeline Willard-Hoy and Donna Murphy, of Haines, and Chris Strong, of Klukwan; and brothers, Danny Willard, of Haines, and Raymond Willard, of Wasilla; numerous nieces and nephews; and two grandnieces and a grandnephew.

A memorial service in her honor will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Haines Presbyterian Church, followed by a luncheon at the American Legion. In Lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted.

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