Shirley Hughes, Lifelong SE Alaskan, Dies in Sitka

Shirley Marie Hughes

Shirley Marie Hughes, 82, went to be with her savior, Christ Jesus, on July 21, 2021. She died peacefully at her home in Sitka with family beside her.

She was born Nov. 20, 1938, in Juneau to Orrin and Myrtle (Feero) Edwards. She spent the majority of her childhood in Skagway, and graduated from Skagway Public School in 1956. Shortly after graduation she married Kenneth Justin. His work for C&R Builders took them to Juneau where their daughter Sharon was born.

In 1957 they came to Sitka for Ken’s work on the construction of the Alaska Lumber and Pulp mill. During the next six years three more children were born to them: Randall, Kenneth Jr. and Sheila.

Her marriage to Ken ended in 1973, and in 1974 she and the kids moved to Juneau, where she started working at a friend’s bakery. That move led her to marry the love of her life Samuel Hughes in 1977. Together they owned and operated Sam’s Bakery until they retired and moved to Lexington, Tennessee, to raise cows.

After Sam’s passing in 2017 Shirley moved back to Sitka to be close to family. She enjoyed Bible study, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, crocheting, playing games and, in Tennessee, feeding her beloved cows peppermint candies. Her cows came running when they heard the sound of a peppermint candy being unwrapped.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Hughes; brother David Edwards; sons Randall Justin and Kenneth Justin Jr., and daughter Sheila Chatriand.

She is survived by brothers John Edwards of Skagway and Alan Edwards (Lisa) of Altavista,Virginia; daughter Sharon Byrd (Don) of Sitka; and granddaughters Miranda Littlefield (Victor) and Melinda Cagle (Jamey) of Sitka, Amanda Ebert (Jason) of Bozeman, Montana,  Kari Neiman (Bob) of Plains, Montana,  Samantha Strecker (Jordan) of Big Horn, Montana, and Bobbi Neumann (Tanner) of Whitehall, Montana.

 Great-grandchildren include Alex Cagle, Ellie Cagle, Chloe Cagle, Hunter Littlefield, Lilly Ebert, Katie Ebert, Allie Ebert, Finn Neiman, Dillon Neiman, Westyn Strecker, Tenley Strecker and Grayson Neumann; and the great-great-grandchild is Layla Robinson.

Her family was blessed to have her back in Sitka to enjoy having five generations of family all together for the last days of her life.

Due to COVID the family will hold a private service at a later date.

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AK COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 5-18-22)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 11:55 pm Wednesday, May 18.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,675

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 249,522

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,762

Current Hospitalizations – 44

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "medium.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Cases in last 7 days – 54

Cumulative Sitka cases – 2,633

Hospitalizations (to date) – 32

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.

  

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20 YEARS AGO
May 2002

Police blotter: Two juveniles who were seen throwing their belonging at each other were told to stop or face arrest. ... A woman was reported arguing with her husband and friends, all of whom agreed she had been drinking too much. ... A man said he thought a neighbor had his missing cat, but the neighbor showed police his cat and her six kittens. A watch will be kept for the missing cat.

 

50 YEARS AGO
May 2002

 There will not be a commercial herring spawn and help fishery in the Sitka area, Jim Parker, Fish & Game fisheries management biologist, announced.  There’s been good herring spawn but herring haven’t spawned in the macrocystis kelp beds.

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