EMERGENCY RESPONSE – Members of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood this week organized a city-wide food drive for residents of Angoon and other villages affected by the lack of Alaska Marine Highway System ferry service. Hundreds of pounds of food were collected at Sitka High School and other drop off sites. Thursday night about three dozen people attended a meeting at ANB Founders Hall to discuss the ferry situation and prepare food for shipping. Laurie Serka, outstation manager for Alaska Seaplanes, said Alaska Seaplanes, Sitka Custom Marine and Dr. Sul Ross Thorward donated shipping costs for the perishable food donated by AC Lakeside. Tom Gamble is planning to take a load of food to Angoon aboard his boat. Donations for shipping food to Kake are currently being sought. Contact for the donations is Nancy Furlow, ANS Camp 4 president, 907 227-9102. PHOTOS: clockwise from top left, Laurie Serka, Steve Schmidt and Marjo Vidad of Alaska Seaplanes load food bound for Angoon this morning. Tom Gamble and Chad Titell  deliver boxes of food from Sitka High School to ANB Founders Hall Thursday night. Paulette Moreno, ANS Grand Camp president, addresses volunteers Thursday night. Sitkans gather in a circle at ANB Founders Hall Thursday to brainstorm responses to the lack of state ferry service. (Sentinel Photos by James Poulson)

Esther Rita Brown

Services for Esther Rita Brown, a former Sitkan, will be held 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the Salvation Army. A reception will follow the service.
Esther died on April 10, 2014, at her home in Ketchikan. She was 53.
She was born to Lincoln and Gladys Brown on March 9, 1961, in Sitka. She grew up in here but lived in Tacoma, Wash., from 1977 to 1981, where she worked at Tacoma Goodwill Industries.
 She moved to Ketchikan in 1981, where she worked as a sorter and stocker at The Salvation Army Thrift Store.  Esther was a member of The Salvation Army Church.
  Esther was especially proud of being an excellent bowler, having once bowled on the Ketchikan team for the Special Olympics in Alaska for several years and also as a member of The Salvation Army Church home league.  At the Special Olympics, she earned several medals in bowling and bocce.  Her other hobbies included bingo, karaoke (her favorite song was ‘‘Elvira’’), picking berries with her mom and sisters, camping, and fishing off the Stedman Street Bridge. 
  Her favorite thing to do was watching wildlife.  Esther liked to call herself “Downtown Esther Brown.”  She was a delightful presence in the community, and will be noticeably missed by all who knew her.
Esther was a shareholder of both Sealaska and Shee Atika Corp.
  She was preceded in death by her father, Lincoln Allen Brown; mother Gladys Ann Brown; and brother, Leonard Bert Brown. 
 Esther is survived by her sisters, Glenda Childs (Guy) of Trout Lake, Wash., Frances Morgan of Sitka and Betsy Hayworth of Anchorage; brother Barry Brown of Sitka; daughter Deanna (Eric) Fitzgerald of North Pole; grandsons Chíí and Mason Fitzgerald of North Pole; nieces Crystal Brown, Gladys Laverne Brown and Julissia King, all of Anchorage; nephew Leonard J. Brown of Anchorage; and cousins Brian (Donna) James, Esther, Sarah and Jack James of Nome, and Verna (Marty) Silvernail of  Nome.
In lieu of flowers, cards and donations for the family may be dropped off at the Salvation Army before 2:30 p.m. April 29.

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