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Liz McCluskey, Angoon Resident, Dies at Age 85

Liz McCluskey

Elizabeth “Liz” McCluskey, an Angoon resident, died Nov. 17, 2018, at the age of 85.
She was born Sept. 19, 1933, in Angoon, the daughter of Ike and Katy Hobson James. In her early years she worked in the cannery at Hood Bay and Hawk Inlet She worked for a short time at the seaside store and many years at Angoon Trading. She also was a city elections judge, and a caretaker.
She was a strong Prayer Warrior, her family said, and opened her home to anyone who knocked on her door for prayer or called her on the phone. She was a Sunday school teacher for both the Assembly of God and the Salvation Army Church, and was a board member at Angoon Assembly of God for many years. Before she got too weak she would attend prayer night and ladies night.
She loved attending and watching Celebration, liked doing word search and jigsaw puzzles, going on car rides and watching game shows such as the Price is Right, Let’s Make a Deal, and many others.
She loved her family very much.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ike and Katy James; her husband, Peter McCluskey Sr.; her brother Paul James Sr.; her sister Lillian John; and her granddaughter, Emily Lillian McCluskey.
She is survived by her children, daughter Maria McCluskey of Anchorage, sons Pete (Doreen) McCluskey of Juneau, and John McCluskey of Anchorage, and Frank (Debbie) McCluskey of Angoon; and grandchildren George Strom III, Evelonia Strom, Tyanna Horton, Kathleen Horton, Aaron McCluskey, Marvin McCluskey, Thea and Ed Jack, Frank McCluskey Jr., Jacob McCluskey, and Katherine Nelson.
Her great-grandchildren are Leilani Mayeda, Julian Mayeda, Shayliana Mayeda, Jonathan Bennett, T’Laisa Bennett, Serenity Strom, Cataleya Strom, Naavah Willis, Saige Jack, Cassiday Jack, Briana Johnson, Jessie Nelson, Aliana Nelson and Arabella Guthrie.
She also  is survived by her sister Isabel Chulik; nieces Lorraine (Chuck) Powell, Colleen Jackson, Veronica Chulik, Evangeline (Mike) Howard, Pam James, Lana James; and nephews Paul Chulik Jr., Alan James, Russell (Vivian) James, Herman James, David James, Elliott James, Paul James Jr., Joe Johnson Sr., Paul (Alice) Thomas, and John (Caroline) Martin.
Services were held Nov. 23 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood gymnasium in Angoon.

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