Anna "Anna B" (James) Beaver(1943 - 2013)

Juneau resident Anna Beaver (Thlinget: Kotgheeshaw, Kaagwaantaan/Wolf House), 70, passed away peacefully on July 14, 2013, in Juneau.

A memorial service will be held at 6 PM. Friday, July 26, at the Salvation Army - 439 Willoughby Ave. Juneau, AK.

She was born February 19, 1943, in Juneau, Alaska, to Maybelle James and Amos Wallace; and raised by her grandparents, Frank James and Annie Dalton James.

As a Native Artist Anna, also known fondly as, "Anna B" is recognized for her fine beadwork and creative traditional and contemporary crafts. She is well known for her exquisite handmade Tlingit Dolls with their amazing beaded button-blankets and embroidered Chilkat robes. The dolls were replicas of Native dancers in motion. A number of her dolls have been in public display at a variety of museums and galleries. The colors she combined and the designs she created for her beautiful beaded earrings, eyeglass necklaces, and octopus bag necklaces always drew praise at craft fairs, even by her peers. As a grandmother, she always sewed fun beaded bracelets and hair accessories for kids and teens at craft shows. She had a love for fabrics and she became an accomplished seamstress designing her own fabric designs creating ties, aprons, and specialty bags. She will long be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and her gift of art to the world.

Anna B. is survived by her three sisters, Jackie Dick, Geri Wallace, Bonita Corbett; clan sister Julie David; daughters, Laurie, Dolores, Donna, Debbie, Darlene, Roxanna and Joy; son, Darren; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Published in The Juneau Empire on July 25, 2013