Former Juneau resident Rena Baty, 62, died Thursday, Dec. 23, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.
She was born Dec. 21, 1942, in Juneau to Fausto Mamburaro and Clara Martha (Kinch) Paulo. Her Tlingit name was Kaa Jinna (The Measure of Copper in a Man's Hand). She was of Yeil (Raven) moiety and of the KwaashK'iKwaan (Humpback Salmon) clan, Dis Hit (Moon House). She attended Juneau-Douglas High School.
Baty married Byron F. Bary on June 9, 1961, at St. Ann's Catholic Church. After many years of traveling with the U.S. Coast Guard, she and her family moved to Sitka in Aug. 1980.
She was involved in community and tribal politics. She helped with her children's activities and operated the family's business, "New Tlingit Traditions."
In her leisure time, she enjoyed beading and sewing native regalia for family and friends. She collected cookie jars and antiques. She was also an avid reader, a tireless traveler and a shopper for her grandchildren and family, as well as the family photographer and historian.
Her family said, "Rene was a consummate storyteller, jokester and enjoyed teasing the listener. She was a tireless advocate of higher education, often saying, 'learning is important no matter how hard the journey.' In her death, she taught us to live."
Survivors include her husband; daughters Elizabeth Baty (Janet Sailer) of North Bend, Wash., and Keri Paulo of Sitka; sons Byron F. Baty Jr. of Shelton, Wash., Robert Baty (Ramona) of Wasilla, and Christopher Baty of Kirkland; aunt, Lucille Carrillo of Juneau; brothers, Fauster Paulo of Juneau, Dean (Martha) Paulo of Amesbury, Mass., Robert Paulo of Juneau, William Paulo (Angela Edwards) of Juneau, Peter (Sabrina) Paublo of Anchorage, and Rick Paulo of Juneau; sisters, Arlinda (Pete) Miller of Juneau, Roberta Hays (Orrie Shepson) of Renton, Wash., and Tina Paulo of Gresham, Ore.; grandchildren, KaJena and Justin Baty of Wasilla; and Nelli Lord, Lena Farcas, Lowell Petersen and Ray Sensmeir of Yakutas; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.
A celebration of her life will be held at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, at the Skeet'KA Kwaan Naa Kahidi, Sitka Village Community House, 200 Katlian Street in Sitka. Friends are invited to share memories and sign the family's guestbook at http://www.flintofts.com.