Clarisa Ann Killian, 85, died Jan. 24, 2020, at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center, surrounded by loved ones.
She was born on June 4, 1934, in Craig. She moved to Ketchikan in 1968 with her husband, Herman Killian, and family of six children.
She retired from the Alaska Marine Highway System in the 1990s.
Mrs. Killian was a member of the Lighthouse Church of God.
“She was a devout Christian, and placed great value on family and the importance of God in that relationship,” her family writes.
Mrs. Killian was a member of ANB/ANS Camp 14, and a board member of Shan Seet Inc.
She was an avid fisherman, and enjoyed gathering and preparing traditional Native food. Her specialty was drying, canning and smoking fish.
“She was an excellent homemaker, who will always be remembered for her oatmeal cookies, bread and apple pie,” her family writes. “She also enjoyed knitting sweaters for her grandchildren, playing charades with them, and is remembered for making up fun games to play to get them to do their chores.”
“She was generous and kind, and enjoyed being social,” her family writes. “She had many friends.”
Mrs. Killian was preceded in death by her parents, Cecilia Kennedy and Daniel Charles; husband, Herman Killian; and daughters, Deana Marie Killian, Beatrice Embree and Leslie Killian Soule.
She is survived by her sons, Thomas Skultka (Romaine Thomas) and Lonnie Killian; daughter Kathy Brannon (Henry Brannon); and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was at noon Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at the Lighthouse Church of God, officiated by the Rev. Bill White.