In memory

Louise Koweluk Blake, 57
Louise Koweluk Blake died Dec. 2, 2010, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Ms. Blake was born March 13, 1953, in Wales, Alaska. She is survived by her daughter, Candice Talamoni; sons, Jeffery and Theodore Peck; grandchildren, NuuEse Talamoni Jr., Quancey Peck, Andre Peck, Zehara Peck, Racheal Peck, Alyssa Peck and Vanessa Peck; parents, Ted and Ruth Koweluk; sister, Hazel Nyberg; and brothers, Bob, John, Harrey and Mike Koweluk.

Russell Scott Bowen, 52
Russell Scott Bowen died May 20 at home in Bishopville, S.C. Mr. Bowen was born Feb. 5, 1959, in Bishopville. He is survived by his son, Daniel Clark Bowen; mother, Priscilla (Chloe) Wallace; stepfather, Robert Gordon Wallace; and brothers, Geoffrey David Bowen and John Gibb Bowen.

Esther N. Gage, 76
Esther N. Gage died May 4 at home in Anchorage. Ms. Gage was born Mar. 30, 1935, in Unalakleet, Alaska. She is survived by her daughters, Darlene (Dalee) Sambo Dorough and Lorraine E. Sambo; sons, Gary D. Sambo and Eugene D. Sambo; sister, Dolly Kiyutelluk; and brother, Henry Norman.

Lee Eugene Achayok Hemken, 43
Lee Eugene Achayok Hemken died May 30 at home in Fort Collins, Colo. Mr. Hemken was born Sept. 22, 1967, in Anchorage. He is survived by his parents, Lowell and Carol Hemken; sisters, Cheryl Hoke, Christine Gibbard, Charissa Simmons and Cathryn McVearry; nieces, Bethany and Lisa Hoke, Ariana and Ericka Gibbard, Lydia and Emily Simmons, and Ailis and Abigail McVearry; and nephews, Andrew and Alec McVearry.

Kimberly S. Newby, 45
Kimberly S. Newby died April 14 at home in Mountlake Terrace, Wash. Ms. Newby was born Oct. 2, 1965, in Seattle, Wash. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Melanie and Rick Reed; sons, Landon and Nickolas Newby; and grandchildren, Tristan and Lillian Reed.

John Thomas “Koogie” Oksoktaruk, 59
John Thomas “Koogie” Oksoktaruk died March 31 at home in White Mountain, Alaska. Mr. Oksoktaruk was born Sept. 7, 1951, in White Mountain to Isaiah and Margaret Oksoktaruk. He was enlisted in the Navy from 1971 to 1975 and served in the Vietnam War. He is survived by his sisters, Doris and Lena; brother, Abraham; nieces, Terri Lincoln, Patti Lillie, Jessie Phillips and Tiffany Lincoln; and nephews, Bob, Curtis and Marty Williams, Craig-David Wood, Jacob and Arnold Oksoktaruk, and Benjamin Oksoktaruk.

Constance Helen Paddock, 90
Constance Helen Paddock died March 17 at the Mt. Edgecombe Hospital in Sitka, Alaska. Ms. Paddock was born June 18, 1920, in Nenana, Alaska to Samuel and Louise Minook Harper. She married Tom Paddock Sr. in 1943, and later lived in Juneau, where she raised their three children, worked as a bookkeeper in her husband’s construction business and worked for the governor’s office and the Alaska State Legislature as chief clerk of the House of Representatives. She was known for her volunteer efforts, baking, jam-making, berry picking, sewing, storytelling and writing skills. Her greatest joys were her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is survived by her daughters, Maxine H. Richert and Anna L. Erbeck; and son, Tom (Thomas) Paddock Jr.

Jan Russell Quapaw, 56
Jan Russell Quapaw died March 5 at the St. Elias Hospital in Anchorage. Ms. Quapaw was born April 19, 1954, in Anchorage. She is survived by her daughter, Tanisha Blue Andrus, and son, Dennis Ray Straughn Jr.

Daniel Lee Sims, 49
Daniel Lee Sims died May 29 at Providence Extended Care in Anchorage. Mr. Sims was born Feb. 19, 1962, in Tucola, Ill. He is survived by his wife, Virginia “Gina” L. Sauer-Sims; father, Ronald Sims; and brothers, David and Ronnie Sims.

Melba Kay Collins, 81
George Albert Stem, 74
Dwain Charles Wallin, 65