Josephine Burns, 74, died Jan. 13, 2022 in Ketchikan.
She was born Josephine Denny on Feb. 19, 1947, in Ketchikan.
She graduated from Ketchikan High School in 1965. In addition to Ketchikan, she resided in Saxman, Juneau, Sitka, Washington state, California, Arizona and Oregon.
She was employed by the State of Alaska PFD office, U.S. Postal Service, WISH and the Ketchikan Daily News. She also worked as a gift shop cashier, and in hospital and cannery settings.
She made Native regalia such as vests, aprons, blankets, moccasins and headbands. She participated in Johnson O’Malley programs and the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp #14. She was a member of Cape Fox Corp. and Sealaska.
She was a member of The Salvation Army.
Josephine Burns was preceeded in death by her father, Joe Denny Sr., mother, Elizabeth Denny; and sisters, Bessie Denny and Delores Ivins; and brother, Joe Denny Jr.
She is survived by sisters, Mae Denny and Debra Hodgson; brothers, John L. Denny, Charles T. Denny and Dale J. Denny; daughters, Mabel E. Skan, Tammy Ashbury and Beverly Llanos; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
At her request, her remains were cremated and there were no services.
Services will be planned for spring or summer.