Amelia Jane Dilworth, 80, of Craig, died Feb. 6, 2021, in Ketchikan.
She was born on Jan. 26, 1941 in Hinsdale, Illinois.
She graduated in 1959 from Lyons Township High School, Illinois. In 1963, she graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder, majoring in education.
In 1963, she moved to Prince of Wales Island, where she resided at various times in Labouchere Bay, Dolomi, Hollis, Craig, Thorne Bay, Port Protection, Kasaan, Naukati and Coffman Cove.
She was a resident of POW for 58 years. During that time, she worked for more than 40 years as a school teacher before retiring. She also ran boats, tendered, fished commercially and worked at logging camps all around the region.
“Amelia 'Jay' Dilworth was an Alaskan; tough, resourceful, and giving,” her family writes. “She hunted, foraged, fished, was a scuba diver and lived the Alaskan life to its fullest. ... There was no challenge that Jay wouldn’t face, and she always had a plan to make it work.”
She enjoyed reading, gardening and coaching cross country. She also remained active after retirement, “volunteering and consistently looking to make a positive impact in the community,” her family writes.
“Always quick to lend a hand and offer support be it tough love or endless encouragement, Jay was truly one of a kind, selfless, and left a lasting impression wherever she went on those who were fortunate enough know her,” they write.
She was a member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood.
Amelia Dilworth is survived by her son, Tenzin Dilworth of Brooklyn, New York; and brother, Richard Dilworth of Hinsdale.
A memorial event will be scheduled in the summer of 2021 when safe to gather, her family writes.