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Richard M. "Rick" Brown, 74, died Feb. 23, 2019, in Ketchikan. He was born on Nov. 9, 1944, in Salem, Oregon. Mr.
Gina Lucille "Bobby" Callister Demmert Milner, 56, died Dec. 10, 2018, in Anchorage.
12/14/2018
Arlene Wanda Nelson
Arlene Wanda Nelson


Arlene Wanda Nelson, 77, died Dec. 11, 2018, in Ketchikan.

She was born Arlene Wanda Charles on Oct. 29, 1941, in Ketchikan. Her Tlingit name is Taats. She is a member of the Tongass Tribe, Raven Moiety (Gaanax.adi Clan), Drifted Ashore House.

In addition to Ketchikan, she resided in Metlakatla for 35 years.

She was a member of the St. John’s Episcopal Church, and the Assembly of God churches in Ketchikan and Metlakatla.

She enjoyed sewing, shopping, gambling, and visiting with friends and family. She spent a lot of time visiting at the Metlakatla Indian Community Gaming Hall and the Metlakatla Senior Center.

Mrs. Nelson is preceded in death by her mother, Doris Volske; father, Gibson Charles; stepfather, Raymond Volske; brother, Irving Charles; sister, Martha Johnson; and grandfather, Herman Ridley.

She is survived by her sons, Joel (Trish) Buchanan and Brad Buchanan; daughters, Tammy Weith, R. Janelle (Chris) Jones and Dorianne Mahan; grandchildren, Nick Buchanan, Katherine (Aaron) Nissely, Kristen (Robert) Reigard, Rachelle Miller, Bekka Miller, Jacob Jones, Dean Mahan, Jason Enright, Stephanie (Joseph) Sims, Ethan Enright and Tawny Booth; and seven great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at the Ketchikan Mortuary.

A celebration of life service will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, at the William Duncan Memorial Church, officiated by the Rev. Larry Emery.