EARTH DAY – Pacific High School freshman Hailey Kane plants a Tlingit potato in a garden next to the U.S. Forest Service District office building on Halibut Point Road, Friday. More than a dozen Sitkans, including several from Pacific High's gardening class, helped plant the heirloom potatoes as part of local Earth Day events. This was the third year for the program which is a collaboration between the USDA Forest Service Ranger District and Sitka Tribe of Alaska. Program organizer Michelle Putz said the low-maintenance potatoes originated in Mexico or South America and have been planted in Tlingit gardens for more than 200 years. Last year the garden yielded 90 pounds of spuds. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Marilyn M. Thrasher

Former Sitka resident Marilyn M. Thrasher passed away at the E. Dene Moore Care Center in Rifle, Colorado, on November 9, 2017. She was 89.

Marilyn Bernice Morgan was born July 10, 1928, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the daughter of William and Blanche Morgan’

On May 30, 1949, she received a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma A&M (Oklahoma State University), and married Frank Thrasher of Sallisaw, Oklahoma.

 The Thrasher family moved to Sitka in August 1963, when Frank was assigned to teach vocational shop at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Mt. Edgecumbe High School. Marilyn taught second grade for the Sitka Public Schools, first at Mt. Edgecumbe elementary and then at Baranof Elementary School.

Frank died in 1987, and in 2009 Marilyn moved to Rifle.

She is survived by her three sons: Patrick (Ann) of Rifle, Colorado; Glenn (Celia) of Wellington, New Zealand; and Terry (Tamara) of Fairfield, California; five granddaughters and two great grandchildren.

 

Services and a private interment will be in Sitka. The family will soon announce the date of the services.

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