BOX OF TREASURES – Haida artist Holly Churchill, of Ketchikan, shows Sitka High School senior Myles Magie a weaving technique on a cedar bark basket Wednesday in the Sitka High art room. Churchill finished a three-week residency today sponsored by the Sitka School District and Sealaska Heritage Institute's Sharing Our Box of Treasures" program. Her residency included work in the high school's new dual-credit program with UAS, the Northwest Coast Arts class, and sessions with Blatchley Middle School and the Sitka Native Education Program Culture Class. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Marcia Diane Mecham

Marcia Diane Mecham

Services for Marcia Diane Mecham, a lifelong Sitkan, will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 1, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

A reception will follow at the Elks Lodge. Dress will be casual.

Marcia died July 21 at her home. She was 73.

She was born Oct. 3, 1944, at the Sheldon Jackson hospital, the daughter of Orville and Zana Colvin Paxton. Her father was station manager for Alaska Coastal Airlines, and her mother was owner of Colonial Shoes and Apparel.

Marcia graduated from Sitka High School in 1963. On Aug. 17, 1972, she and Dean Mecham were married at the home of Rita and Bill Babcock.

Marcia managed Colonial Apparel and Shoes for 10 years, and held multiple administrative positions for the Sitka School District for almost 30 years.

Marcia loved children and animals – especially her many dogs, who filled the Mecham home with love and noise.

She also loved all those who enjoyed her quick wit and humor. Among her other interests were shopping with her best friend Jan – whenever the merchants saw the two come in they knew they’d have a good day, her family teased.

Survivors include Dean Mecham, her husband for 46 years; her brother and sister-in-law Gary and Debbie Paxton of Sitka; nieces Shellie Dunn of Sitka and Sydnie Wallisch of Juneau; nephew Matthew Paxton of Alexandria, Virginia; and her best friend, Jan Brookman of Sitka.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

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