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 Ann (Betty) Haws

Elizabeth Ann (Betty) Haws

Elizabeth Ann Haws, commonly known as Betty or Nah-Nah to many, passed away July 14, 2018, while surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was 86.

Betty was always on the go in life. She will be remembered for her loving hospitality; her corner home in Sitka was always open to anyone in need.

She will also be remembered for her skill of smoking salmon, her love of coffee and dining out, her spirit of generosity, passion for her family and friends, admiration of the ocean, and endless hours spent watching the fish spawn and jump up stream.

Betty was born March 22, 1932, in Port Simpson, British Columbia. She was raised in Metlakatla, where she eventually met the first love of her life, Tom Beer. They moved to Sitka, having three children.

Tom passed unexpectedly in 1962 and she later married her second love, William Haws, who left her a widow in 1992.

Betty spent the remainder of her life focused on her love for Jehovah, children and grandchildren. She was admired by many. Betty never allowed anyone to go hungry or to be a stranger, always striking up conversation with everyone she met. Her friends and family will miss her dearly.

Betty is survived by her children, Traci and Bruce Bandy, Rod Beer, Robert Beer and Tammie Beer; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

“She will be honored in life by the passing on of her outgoing personality and compassion for others, which she had instilled in all of us,” her family said. “Friend, Mom, Nah-Nah, you will be forever in our hearts.”

Her private memorial will be 3 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Eagle River. Flowers are preferred to be ordered through Oopsie Daisy at (907) 694-3597 or A public celebration of life will occur in Sitka next year during the Sitka Salmon Derby. At Betty’s request, her ashes will then be spread at her favorite halibut hole. 



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