SHARING LANGUAGE – Coho clan leader Herman Davis speaks to about two dozen people attending a Tlingit language lesson Sunday afternoon in Centennial Hall. Davis is one of about 100 remaining Tlingit speakers who learned the language as children from relatives. Lance Twitchell, University of Alaska Southeast associate professor of Alaska Native languages in Juneau, hosted the free lesson, which was the second of three. The third lesson will be held Saturday noon to 2 p.m. at Centennial Hall. Twitchell is in Sitka teaching at The Outer Coast Summer Seminar. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Barbara Mcclenahan

Barbara Mcclenahan

On Feb. 19, 2017, Barbara Mcclenahan finished her journey and went home to spend eternity with Jesus.  Barb was welcomed home by her mother Lois Darlene Mcclenahan-Cucchiari who had gone on before her.

Barbara, 57, was a lifelong Sitka resident.

Barbara was a loving mother of two fantastic daughters, Chantilly Rose Mcclenahan and Chava Mcclenahan.   Barbara was surrounded with love from her two sisters Cynthia Mcclenahan and Kathleen Garcia, and her brother Herbert Mcclenahan.

Barbara was blessed with many nieces and nephews and four grand- nieces and -nephews.

Barbara was a quiet, unassuming person who loved to contribute to the lives around her in so many ways.  She was known by many as the go-to mom on the topic of Smith-magenis syndrome (SMS), and not only advocated for more understanding on SMS but was always ready to offer an encouraging word to the many parents around the world who faced the SMS challenge.

 Barb loved to create in the kitchen and friends and family never knew when Chantilly would show up at the door with one of her Mom’s creations to give away.

Barbara lived her very full life right here in Sitka and very rarely felt the need to venture out. She knew Sitka as home and where her heart was. She leaves Sitka and the world a better place, and will be remembered and missed by many in all parts of the earth. 

“Barbara is in a better place, surrounded by family who have gone on before, and until we see her again we say ‘We love you Barb, see you in awhile.’” 


In keeping with Barb’s unassuming manner a memorial service will be limited to immediate family. 

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