TESTIMONY – Subsistence harvester Harvey Kitka leads off oral public comment Tuesday night at Harrigan Centennial Hall during a subsistence hearing held as part of the USDA Forest Service Alaska specific Roadless Rule change proposals. About 100 Sitkans attended an information meeting and question-and-answer session about the Roadless Rule-making process held prior to the subsistence hearing. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Kathleen E. Baird

A celebration of the life of Kathleen E. Baird will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Halibut Point Recreation Area.

Kathy passed away at her home in Sitka on Sept. 6, 2017. She was 48.


Kathleen Baird

She was born Sept. 3, 1969, to James and Carol (Bruce) Goddard, in Fairbanks, Alaska.

She graduated from Sitka High School in 1987, and continued her education at the University of Alaska Southeast, earning her AA degree while working at SEARHC in Sitka.

Kathy loved taking part in various activities with her children, when they were little. She liked fishing, boating, camping and gardening, and also enjoyed music and dancing.

She loved to cook and was a collector of recipes – she had a “bible” of recipes.

Kathy was preceded in death by her daughter, Shaeleen Baird, and her father, James Goddard.


She is survived by her son, Derek Baird, and her mother, Carol Goddard, both of Sitka; and her sisters, Tracy Brusatto (Sandy) Bettilyon and their children Caitlyn Bettilyon and Zachary Bettilyon, and Charity Goddard (Todd) Smith of Sitka and children Steven Armer, Karlie Smith and Kegan Smith.

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