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)

Lisa M. Long

Lisa Marie Long passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at SEARHC-Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, at the age of 36. Her mother, Georgiana, her cousin, Molly Porter, and one of her best friends, Lee Peratrovich  Jr. were by her side.                                                                            
A celebration of life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan., 19, 2013, at the Church of God, Glacier Valley, 8497 Thunder Mountain Road, Juneau.  (907) 789-3605.  Rev. Richard Green will be officiating. 
“Miss Lisa” was born to George B. Johnson Jr. (Angoon) and Georgiana Lewis (Haines) on Oct. 22, 1976, at Mt. Edgecumbe.  She was of the Raven Moiety and belonged to the Taakw’aaneidi (People from Across the Waters) Clan.  Her half  sisters are Myrna, Georgianna, and Karen of Sitka; Mary (Metlakatla); and half-brothers George III (Germany) and Brian of Sitka. 
At the age of 4, Lisa was adopted by Meryl E. Long (Georgiana) and moved to Long Island, on Prince of Wales Island where they lived for the next 10 years.  Her brothers (by adoption) are Terry (Pam) Long of Cordova and Brayton (Becky) Long of Skagway. 
After finishing high school in Haines, Lisa earned a bachelor of arts and communications degree from the University of Alaska Southeast. 
The joy of Lisa’s life included her two children.  Sydney Leanne Long-Kent was born to her and Jake Kent of Juneau on Sept. 2, 1999.  Keenan Isaiah was born to Lisa and Chad Howard (Juneau) on June 24, 2004.  These two children were the light of her life. 
Lisa’s meaningful place of employment was at the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska as a 477 Case Manager.  She loved working with her clients and making a difference in others’ lives. 
Her hobbies included playing with the “Pirates” softball team where she was nicknamed “Chief White-Pants”; traveling; shopping; and just “hanging out” with good friends.
Lisa Marie was preceded in death by maternal grandparents George A. Lewis (born in Kilisnoo) and Matilda Watson Lewis (born in Klawock); paternal grandparents, Mary B. and George B. Johnson Sr, of Angoon; grandmother, Hattie Pershall, Darren, and Meryl E. Long (Haines); aunt, Barbara C. Lewis; and cousins  Jodi Erickson and Scott Davis (Haines).
Surviving members of her immediate family include Georgiana (Joe) Hotch of Haines; brother, Dominic (Rosa) Wobick of Great Falls, Mont., uncles, Harold (Verda) Lewis and Raymond Lewis Sr. of Palmer, and Fred (Joni) Lewis of Anchorage; and aunties, E. Ruth Davis (Anchorage), Verna (Neil) Adams of Humeston, Iowa, Thelma Fields of Fairbanks, Florence (C. Joe) Murray of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Diane (John) Hoisington of Juneau. 
Lisa Marie was cremated at the Alaska Memorial Park in Juneau.  Her remains will be entered into rest at Jones Point Cemetery in Haines, next to her dad, Meryl. Her family will begin a Lisa Marie Long Scholarship in May. 
Memorial donations may be deposited into an account that was opened for her two children at First National Bank Alaska,  account #  3083 442 8. 

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