ON GUARD – Staff Sgt. George Kendall of the Alaska National Guard in Anchorage, left, helps attendees at the Sitka Armory open house dress up in military police riot gear Wednesday night. The open house included information on the Guard's Explorer after-school program, which teaches leadership skills. The free program is open to high school students between the ages of 14 and 20. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Arlene Gamble

Services for Arlene Emma Gamble, a lifelong Sitka resident, will be held 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at Eagle Quest Ministries Church, 601 Alice Loop Road.

Arlene died March 14 at SEARHC-Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, at age 50.

She was born May 27, 1961, in Sitka, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, the daughter of Anita (Duncan) and Arthur Gamble. She graduated from Sitka High School in 1979 and attended the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka campus.

She was administrative assistant at Sitka Tribal Enterprises.

“Arlene was an amazing mother and woman,” her family said. “Everything she did was for her kids and others. She always attended her kids’ school functions and sporting events. She loved spending time with her family – and she loved to laugh.”

She was a member of the Sitka Mountain Rescue team, and enjoying hiking, cooking, attending church, and music.

She was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Gamble Sr., and a brother, Arthur Gamble Jr.

She is survived by her mother, Anita Wright of Sitka; son James Craig (Sarah), of Sitka; daughters Kristina Stixrud (Ben) of Kodiak and Kelly Barnaby (Matt) of Juneau; brothers and sister; eight nieces and three nephews; and many others in her extended family.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Sitka Mountain Rescue.

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