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Karen Sue Williams Jones, 67, died March 29, 2019, in Kingman, Arizona. She was born in McMinnville, Oregon, and raised in Yamhill, Oregon.
Constance McNeill, 83, died March 30, 2019 in Klawock. She was born Constance Williams on Dec. 24, 1935, in Klawock.
Geraldine Dix, 46, died Feb. 7, 2019, in Klawock. She was born Geraldine McNeill on April 14, 1972, at Mt. Edgecumbe.
Charlene Starkweather
Charlene Starkweather

Charlene Starkweather, 70, died peacefully in her sleep Nov. 5, 2018, at her home in Ketchikan.

She was born to Dan and Beatrice Starkweather on March 26, 1948, in Ketchikan. She attended Ketchikan High School, and college in San Jose, California.

She resided mostly in Ketchikan, but also in San Jose and Juneau.

She was the owner-operator of the Sugar Plum Fairy. She then went on to work for the Ketchikan Indian Community as the enrollment officer foe 22 years.

“Charlene had many hobbies over the years,” her family writes. “She loved stringing crystals, beading, mirror etching, sewing her own clothes, and various other arts and crafts. One of her favorite memories was attending the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Beatrice Edenso Starkweather; father, Dan D. Starkweather; brothers, Ace D. Starkweather, Neil Starkweather and Gary Starkweather; and various other family members.

She is survived by her lifelong partner, James Deckard of Ketchikan; daughter, Talia Starkweather of Ketchikan; sister, Diane Starkweather of Ketchikan; brother, Dan Starkweather of California; grandson, Kepler Drew Starkweather-Jones of Ketchikan; niece, Danica Starkweather of Ketchikan; nephew, Dan George Starkweather of Hollis; and various other family members.

A potluck celebration of life will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, in the basement of the Presbyterian Church, 2711 Second Ave.

As per her wishes, Charlene Starkweather’s remains will be cremated.