Sitkan Lavina H. Adams Passes Away at Age 82

Lavina H. Adams

Lavina H. Adams, a resident of Sitka, passed away on May 26, 2022, at Swedish Hospital Cherry Hill Campus, in Seattle, Washington.

She was born on August 16, 1939, in Kake, to James and Elizabeth Thomas. She married Harlan J. Adams on May 13, 1959.  Both Lavina and Harlan loved to travel.  They enjoyed their cruises to Florida, Mexico, and the Bahamas, and traveled to Reno, Las Vegas, Miami, and Seattle.

Lavina was a dorm aide at Mt. Edgecumbe High School and worked at Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium in several departments.  She also enjoyed going fishing with Harlan, and the photo above is a fish she caught in the Sitka Salmon Derby.

She loved retirement, as she could read and work on her beading. She also enjoyed workshops that Sealaska sponsored –  she made a halibut hook and a fur hat, and enjoyed any class offered by Delores Churchill.  

Lavina is survived by husband of 63 years, Harlan Adams; son Thomas H. Adams; daughter Connie Adams Johnson; and granddaughters Megan E. Johnson, and Catherine L. Johnson.  She also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, grandkids and cousins, including family from Kake, Yakutat, and throughout Alaska.

The following family members preceded Lavina in death:  son Harlan Adams Jr.; parents James and Elizabeth Thomas; sister Joan L. Thomas;  sister and brother-in-law Norma and John Willis Sr.; and son-in-law James M. Johnson.

By Lavina’s request no funeral services will be held, and her ashes will be spread in a private family ceremony.  The family will post on Facebook the date and time of a celebration of life for Lavina.

The family extended thanks to the following for their assistance: Clifford Adams Sr., Beverly Anderson, Sitka EMTs; Mountainside Urgent Care staff – Sitka SEARHC, ANMC staff:  Sarah, Emma Ayojiak,  PRC staff, Swedish Hospital, Cherry Hill  Campus:  Alex, Critical Care staff, Palliative Care staff, and Salvation Army Corps officers  John and Sabrina Tomey, and Florence and Joe Murray.

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At a Glance

(updated 5-30-2023)

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 Tuesday, May 30.

New cases as of Tuesday: 165

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 298,078

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,468

Case Rate per 100,000 – 22.64

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "Low.'' Case statistics are as of Tuesday.

Case Rate/100,000 – 58.70

Cases in last 7 days – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,424

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






June 2003

Sitka Community Hospital board of directors has asked SEARHC to stop providing most health care services to non-beneficiary patients. “During the collaborative process SEARHC has said they’re happy to do anything they can do to help,” said SCH Administrator Bill Patten. “This is one of the things they can do – not provide services to non-beneficiaries.”



June 1973

What began 50 years ago in a Methodist parsonage in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will be celebrated Sunday in Sitka. Les and Caroline Yaw’s four children invite the couple’s many, many friends to attend a golden wedding anniversary reception at the Centennial Building.