A Celebration of Life Set For Martha June Howard

Martha June Howard


Martha June Howard, who lived most of her life in Sitka, passed away July 17 at the Sitka Pioneers Home. She was 82.

A celebration of her life will be held   4 p.m. Sept. 10 at the American Legion. Family and friends are invited to share main dishes, salads and desserts.

Martha was born August 28, 1938, in Beaver, Alaska, the daughter of Maggie (Allashuk) and Arthur Henry Sr. She attended Mt. Edgecumbe High School.

She married George R. Howard Sr. on Nov. 2, 1956, in the Littlefield family home on Katlian Street.

Over the years she worked at Shee Atika hotel in housekeeping, and was a waitress at both the SAFE Harbor Inn on Japonski Island and the Harbor Inn, on Katlian Street.

In 2017 she was named the Sitka Elks Lodge Mother of the Year, and a celebration was held at the lodge in her honor.

Among her favorite pastimes were playing Bingo and pool.

Martha is survived by her daughter Velma and son-in-law Robert Somerville of Junction City, Oregon; and daughter Anna Howard and sons George Howard Jr. and Ray Howard, all of Sitka; and grandchildren Shayne and Caroline Thomas, Georgina Kennedy, Ann and Matt Taylor, Helen Kennedy, Scott Kennedy, Jacob Kennedy, Bob Hendrix, David Blore, Gary Blore, Michael Blore, and George and Rachel Wathen.

She also is survived by her sisters and brothers: Elsie Pitka of Fairbanks, Annie John of Fairbanks, Art Henry Jr. of Beaver, Roy Henry of Beaver, Jerry Henry of Anchorage, and William Henry of Wasilla.

Her sisters-in-law are Shirley Howard of Sitka, Diane Howard of Auburn, Washington, and Gina Lundy of Bremerton, Washington.

She also is survived by many nephews and nieces.

Donations may be made to the family through Anna M. Howard, P.O. Box 1931, Sitka, AK 99835.

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At a Glance

(updated 8-17-22)

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 12:15 pm Wednesday, August 17.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,444

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 277,007

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,296

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,843

Case Rate per 100,000 – 198.11

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

COVID in Sitka

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

Case Rate per 100,000 – 211.20

Cases in last 7 days – 18

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,022

Hospitalizations (to date) – 29

Deceased (cumulative) – 7

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






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