SUMMER READING – Award winning author Amy Butcher, left, listens to her Sitka Fine Arts Camp creative non-fiction writing student Tayla Eaton, of Kodiak, read at the Backdoor Cafe Wednesday morning. Butcher took her class to read essays they wrote in class during the two-week camp, which is wrapping up this week. Students are giving final performances in a variety of artistic disciplines tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Lilly Shiota (Isturis) Compo

 Lilly Shiota (Isturis) Compo died June 6 at age 98, in Stockton,  Calif.
She made the journey peacefully from this world to the next, and now walks hand-in-hand with those who made the journey before her.
Services will be private.
Lilly was born in Yakutat on May 10, 1914, the daughter of Katie Johnson and Yahei Shiota. She was part  Tlingit-Haida and of the Raven Clan.
Lilly and her husband Frank M. Compo Sr. moved from Alaska to Seattle, Wash., in 1942 eventually settling in Stockton, Calif., in 1952.  They loved to gamble; if you couldn’t find them at home, odds were they were in Reno or Lake Tahoe.
“She made the most delicious Indian fried bread,” her family said. “We wish we had paid more attention to the ingredients and preparation, because our attempts to duplicate it have never quite worked out.”      
Lilly was preceded in death by her father, Yahei Shiota, and mother, Katie Johnson; her loving husband of 59 years, Frank M. Compo Sr.; sons Vincent Isturis Jr., Frank  Jr., Agapito and Gerald; and daughter Mary Compo.
She is survived by her sons, Dean,  Tommie, Matthew and Lyle Compo;   18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren.
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