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)

Gertrude Hazel Shayen

Gertrude Hazel Shayen


Services for Gertrude Hazel Shayen will be held 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at the United Pentecostal Church, 101 Cascade Creek Road.

Gertrude passed away on Dec. 10, 2017, at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, surrounded by family. She was 70.

Gertrude was born May 29, 1937, to Louisa Marsden (Feak) and Steven Marsden Sr. of Metlakatla, Alaska.  

She grew up in Metlakatla, and attended grade school there but attended high school at Mt. Edgecumbe High School where she graduated.

Gertrude was an awesome Mom of nine, an awesome Gramma of 24 and awesome Gigi of 27. She lived for and loved her family, and prayed daily for them all. She was well known for her kindness and love for all she met, and always found time to pray for everyone.

“She made the best homemade bread ever,” her family said. “It was always a blessing to us to get loaves of her bread for toast.”

Gertrude worked at the Mt. Edgecumbe Girls Dorm on the night shift, where she enjoyed her co-workers and her job.

She and her husband always went to Metlakatla for Founders Day, on Aug. 7, and would stay there for one month to enjoy family there.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her father and mother, Steven Marsden Sr. and Louisa Marsden; her son William Lawrence Shayen Jr.; her grandson Robert Dean Samuelson Jr.; her siblings Anna Laura Marsden, Allan Steven Marsden, Ida Margaret Marsden, Alice Maggie Marsden, Johanna Alma Neucklavok, Gertrude Marsden, Henry Stanley Marsden, Hazel Marsden, Louisa Marsden, Janet Louisa  Hanson, Margaret Maude Marsden and Stanley Steven Marsden.

She is survived by her loving husband William Lawrence Shayen Sr. and children Myrna (Ray) Howard of Sitka,  George (Tracy) Johnson III of Lincoln, Lincolnshire, UK, Brian Johnson (Sharon Thomas) of Sitka, Mary Samuelson (Andy Morris) of Ketchikan, Georgianna (Michael) Smith of Sitka, Sheryl (Mike) Sanderson of Window Rock, Ariz., Karen Howard (Kirk Callow) of Ocala, Fla., and  Karla Shayen of South Pasadena, Calif.; 24 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; siblings Steven Edward Marsden of Soldotna, and  Lena (George) Dundas of Metlakatla.

Gertrude will be missed, for she touched many lives with her kindness, love and prayers. God has gained an angel.

“Love you Mom, and we miss you so much, but we all know you are in a better place,” her family said. “Until we all meet again. It’s never goodbye, it’s see you later!”


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