June Degnan (1937 - 2018)

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June Iue Degnan died peacefully at ANMC in Anchorage, Alaska. She was born on June 1, 1937 in Unalakleet, where she attended school until attending Mt. Edgecumbe High School. She married James Hartwick and had two children, Matthew and Juliet.

June received her BA in psychology at Nova University in Florida, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She worked for the Seminole Tribe and received her graduate degree in administration and learning.

June devoted her time to projects that would benefit people and the land. She worked as a land planner for the Unalakleet Native Corporation, a teacher at Service High School, a librarian archivist for Sheldon Jackson College, a ranger for the National Park Service in Sitka, and as founder and president of Haven House Juneau.

She published poetry and presented at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. She testified in public policy hearings to advance indigenous peoples' human rights.

June was a shareholder in Unalakleet Native Corporation and Bering Straits Native Corporation (served as a director) and was a member of Sitka Tribe of Alaska and Alaska Native Sisterhood.

In 2017, June received the First Lady's Volunteer of the Year Award for establishing Haven House Juneau and in 2018 was honored as a Woman of Distinction by AWARE.

She is survived by her daughter Juliet (Shawn Coughlin); grandson Wade Hartwick (Paula), their two children; grandson Beau Hartwick. She is also survived by her brother Charles Degnan, (Virginia) of Unalakleet; sisters Kathleen Downs of Palmer, Eva Merrifield of Anchorage, Ida Harden of Anchorage, and Frances Degnan of Unalakleet. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by son Matthew, father Frank Auvnue Degnan, mother Ada Quyan Degnan, siblings Gerald, Maurice, and Shirley Degnan.

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Published in Anchorage Daily News on July 11, 2018