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Leta Ann Ward, 58, of Ketchikan died on Nov. 8, 2012, in Anchorage.
Ms. Ward was born in Wenatchee, Wash., on May 20, 1954.
She spent her childhood in Ketchikan before moving to Spokane, Wash., where she lived for 18 years. She eventually returned to Ketchikan, spending the last four years of her life here.
Ms. Ward’s family writes that she was a gifted artist who always enjoyed helping those less fortunate than herself.
"Leta had a great love for her family and her two cats. Her life on Earth was too short and she will be missed each and every day," her family writes.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Brian Curell.
Ms. Ward is survived by her mother, Deloris Curell of Medford, Ore.; brother, Leonard Ward of Medford, Ore.; sister, Deborah Ward of Ketchikan; nieces, Heather Whitesides of Ketchikan, Nicole Whitesides Etheridge of Juneau, Ashley Perin of San Diego; great-nieces, Ashley Hayward of Ketchikan and Anna Perin Sandvol of San Diego; and great-nephews, Nicholis and Ethan Etheridge of Juneau.
Ms. Ward will be cremated and her ashes spread in the Tongass Narrows near her childhood home on Pennock Island. There will be no funeral.