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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.