FIT FOR DUTY – Thirty-seven recruits graduating from the Alaska Department of Public Safety Training Academy's Law Enforcement Training Session 1802 take the oath of office this afternoon at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. The audience was told that during the rigorous 16-week session recruits lost a combined 200 pounds of body fat. The graduates will be taking law enforcement positions around the state from the North Slope Borough Police Department to statewide Alaska Wildlife Troopers to the Ketchikan Police Department. Speaker at the ceremony was DPS Deputy Commissioner William Comer, who graduated from the academy in 1985. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Elizabeth Starla Eskelin

Elizabeth Starla Eskelin

Elizabeth Starla Eskelin, 44, of Elfin Cove, passed away on June 15, 2016.

She was born in Santa Rosa, Calif.,  in 1971, and shortly thereafter moved to Alaska with her family.

Elizabeth loved Alaska and fishing.  She spent her younger years commercial fishing with her family and friends before purchasing her own troller, the Silvery Moon, and spent her summers hand trolling in Cross Sound.

She also fished with her father, Charles Piedra, aboard his troller the Mrs. Mac. 

She enjoyed photography and had an old-time photo studio in Soldotna and then in downtown Juneau.

She was a gifted quilter, crafter, hunter, provider, subsistence harvester and, most of all, Mother. 

Elizabeth received her master’s degree in education from the University of Alaska Anchorage and taught kindergarten in Selawik, Alaska.  She had received a bachelor’s degree in Community Rural Development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and also attended culinary school in Bellingham Wash.

She is survived by her son Avery Palchikoff; daughters Natalia Smith and Sarah Eskelin; mother Shirley Perkins of Elfin Cove; father Charles Piedra, now of Arkansas; sister Mercedes (Jordan) Phillips and daughter Aurora  of Sitka and Elfin Cove; sister Lillian (Chris) Lyne and children Rowan and Ariana, at the Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga.; and grandfather Alert Mello Sr. of California.

The memorial service will be held in Elfin Cove on July 30.  For information about the service contact the family in Elfin Cove at 907-239-2246.  Contributions in Elizabeth’s name can be made to P.O. Box 29 Elfin Cove Alaska 99825.  All contributions will go to her dependents.

 

 

 

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