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Lavina "Wani" Marie Hamilton, 77, died in Anchorage on July 18, 2013.
Ms. Hamilton was born in Craig on Nov. 10, 1935, and attended Mt. Edgecumbe High School in Sitka. She graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., and continued her education in Racine, Wisc.
She worked as a medical technologist at St. Mary’s Hospital in Racine for 16 years before moving to Anchorage and working at Providence Hospital for 23 years. She retired in 2004.
Ms. Hamilton was involved with the Anchorage chapter of the Tlingit and Haida Central Council; the Alaska Native Sisterhood, Anchorage camp; the Naa Luu Dixk Gwaii Yatxi dance group; and was a representative of the Alaska Native Heritage Center. She was from the Eagle Frog Sculpin Clan and was passionate about her Native culture — dancing, singing, food gathering and preparing, fishing and making Native artwork, including regalia baskets and beadwork.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Violet and Willis Hamilton Sr.; daughter, Jacqueline "Jackie" Marie Rashleger; sisters, Joy A. Cutshall and Teresa K. Dean; brothers, Gideon Duncan Sr., Leonard "Clossie" A. Hamilton and Owen E. Hamilton.
Ms. Hamilton is survived by her daughter, Jean (Sri) Terese Reddi; granddaughter, Alaina Reddi; grandson, Richard Lloyd Ketah; sister, Bert (Raymond Guthrie) G. Hamilton; brothers, Gary L. Hamilton and Dana C. Hamilton; and numerous nieces, nephews and close friends.
A memorial is planned for 7:30 p.m. on July 21, 2013, at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, 8800 Heritage Center Drive in Anchorage. Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of Anchorage at 2612 E. Northern Blvd., Anchorage, AK, 99508.