Patricia “Pat” Anne Guthrie Williams, 82, died May 1, 2020, at the Sitka Pioneer Home.
She was born March 5, 1938 in Ketchikan. She graduated from West Seattle High School, and served in the U.S. Navy in Seattle. She graduated from Ketchikan Community College.
She worked as a social worker, for 19 years with the Ketchikan Indian Community, and for the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes for several years in multiple positions in Ketchikan.
She served for 30 years on the Cape Fox Corp. board of directors, and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Alaska Native Sisterhood.
“Pat loved to play bingo, sew, weave and make Native regalia,” her family writes. “She loved family picnics and Native events. She had a smile and a kind word for everyone that met her. She was a strong advocate for the Native community.”
Patricia Williams was preceded in death by her parents, Dorothy Denny Utterberg and David Guthrie; grandparents, Henry and Mae Denny, and Alec and Josephine Guthrie; and siblings, David Wayne Guthrie, Theodore Guthrie, Sandy Riley, Darrell Guthrie and Debbie Guthrie.
She is survived by her siblings, Sharon Seierup of Ketchikan, Bruce and Linda Kelley of Stanwood, Washington; Barbra Bean, Raymond Guthrie, Irene Jones, Tina Makua, Joyce Makua, John Guthrie and Emily Guthrie, all of Ketchikan, and Richard Guthrie of Seattle; children, Katherine Milton of Seattle, and Heather Williams, Norman Bolles and Ivan Williams II (Florence McGilton), all of Ketchikan; grandchildren, Jason (Sarah) Milton, Gerald (Jaci) Milton, Brian (Mila) Milton and Daniel Williams, all of Seattle, Shawn Williams of Metlakatla, and Ethan McGilton-Williams, Isabella McGilton-Williams, Dorothy McGilton-Williams, Autumn Michael and Elizabeth Michael, all of Ketchikan; great-grandchildren, Penelope Milton, Jamila Cyprian, Briella Milton and Amelia Williams, all of Seattle; cousins, Ted Denny of Austin, Texas, Robert Denny and Jason (Kitty) Denny of Seattle, and Karen (John) Huff, Polly LaDuke and James Llanos, all of Ketchikan; numerous nieces and nephews; and other relatives, Coleen Brendible, Joanne Shearer, Alicia Guthrie and David Guthrie.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.