Margaret Gordon Dies; Was a 47-Year Resident

Margaret Mary Gordon

Margaret Mary Gordon, a Sitka resident since 1975, passed away April 3 at Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center. She was 89.

Services are pending, at the Pentecostal Church.

Margaret was born August 14, 1933, in Wrangell, the daughter of Fortunato and Emily Gotardo. She later was joined by sisters Julia and Betty.

She married Alfred Eli Gordon in 1953.

On August 14, 1975, she arrived in Sitka. She worked at the Mt. Edgecumbe High School girls dorm from 1975 until 1983, and also worked at Lory’s Cafe, Betty Eliason Child Care Center, the SEARHC kitchen, and Seafood Producers Co-op.

In the words of her family, she had a beautiful outlook on life. She remained positive even when life was hard.

“She was the most beautiful friend and mother,” the family said. “We were blessed with such a mother – words can’t describe how she loved everyone and was loved back; it was her passion, loving people.”

Among her favorite activities was the Civil Air Patrol. She joined in 1975, and continued to attend meetings, and making 2nd lieutenant. “It was the love and joy of her life – it brought her such happiness,” her family said.

Her other hobbies included bingo, being with friends and family, and collecting things she liked.

Margaret was preceded in death by sons Reggie Gordon and Dustin Gordon; and sister Julia.

She is  survived by sons Jonathan Gordon, Frank Gordon, Thomas Allen Gordon and Theodore Eldred; daughters Alfreda Sipe, Emily Anselm, Maria Gordon and Dorothy Harriet; and sister Betty Ruks.

She was very proud of her grandchildren: Dorothy Gordon, Marcia Gordon, Bernadette Kibby, Kristina Kreighbaum Freeman, Curtis DeTemple, Diego Carlos, Allanah Carlos, Kenyatta Bradley, Elizabeth Newell, Caribeth Gundran; many, many great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

The family extended thanks to the Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center for the care – including making her pureed meals and smoothies with protein – that the nurses and doctors gave Margaret. “It meant so much,” the family said.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to her son Jonathan Gordon, 106 Charlie Joseph Street, to help with the memorial and cremation costs.

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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.






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