Former Southeast Alaska resident Ruth E. Willard, 66, died of natural causes on Dec. 14, 2004, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage.
She was born April 6, 1938, in Angoon to Robert Sr. and Lucy (Nelson) Jamestown. She graduated from high school and completed two years of vocational technical training at Mt. Edgecumbe. She was a legal secretary with the Alaska Court System until her retirement.
She enjoyed beading, crocheting, camping, fishing, clam digging, berry picking and traveling.
Her family wrote, "Ruth was caring and compassionate. She encouraged her family to actively participate in their Tlingit culture. She will be missed by many, but will live on in our hearts and memories."
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Robert Jamestown Jr. and Alfred Jamestown.
Survivors include her son, Dennis Willard of Albany, New York; grandson, Eli Martin of Anchorage; great-grandson, Davien of Anchorage; sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Lawrence Marvin of Anchorage; sisters, Connie Vierthaler and Robert Kvasnikoff of Kodiak; brothers and sisters-in-law, Eli and Lillian Jamestown of Angoon, and Victor and Gladys Jamestown of Juneau; and brother, Norman Jamestown of Taholah, Washington; and numerous, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral service was held on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004, at Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage with Paul Marks officiating. Pallbearers included Dennis Willard, Bobby Marvin, Spencer Vierthaler, Chris McDonald, Patrick Lamp, Fred Abyo, Jesse Stutzke and Bill Reynolds.
Arrangements were made with Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Anchorage.