Bernice "Candy" (Vavalis) Cranston (1949 - 2015)

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**Correction the service for Bernice Cranston WILL NOT be taking place at The Tlingit & Haida Community Council Sunday Feb. 8th. A service will be held at a later date this spring.**

Bernice (Candy) Vavalis Cranston Long time Juneau resident died January 21 peacefully in her home in Juneau.
She was a member of the Raven-Sockeye Clan of the Raven House in Haines.
Her Tlingit name was Sauhna. The name was given to her by her grandfather James Jackson.
Born May 14, 1949, in Juneau, Candy attended public schools in Juneau. She later received a GED that she was very proud of at the Adult Education Center.
She enjoyed working in her garden and restoring furniture to vintage condition. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She lived for her family and cared for many family members beside her own children. She is remembered as having a good sense of humor and was known to the many nieces and nephews as the fun Auntie.
She worked for REACH, Cornerstone, and Hope Community Services as a care provider for people with disabilities. She was committed to human services work for many years.
She is survived by her son Rick Vavalis (Sara Gregory), and daughters Sauhna Cranston, and Destiny Conklin-Cranston (Migual Perdon), all of Juneau. She is also survived by sisters Jean Vavalis, Loretta Vavalis, Madeline Morris (Bill), Sharon Olsen (Earling), Christine Vavalis, all of Juneau; Lee Hoffman of Seattle, Wash.; Catherine Moore of Sierra Vista, Arizona; Helen Russell of Spokane, Wash.; and Geri Anderson of Yakima, Wash. She is survived by grandchildren Kyle and Alicia Vavalis of Marysville, Wash.; Anastasia Chase(Casey Rogers) of Seattle, Wash.; Devin Cranston and Ryan Hobert of Juneau; Willow Abarham of West Palm Beach, Florida; Gabriel Regan, Anna Regan and Jaden Perdon, all of Juneau.
She is also survived by great grandchildren Joslyn Hellman, Bentley Gabriel and Noah Vavalis of Marysville, Wash., and Corrina Lynn Rainbow Rogers-Chase of Seattle, Wash.
She is also survived by close friend George Swain.
She was preceded in death by her daughter Cherry Lynn Abarham, father and mother John and Alice Vavalis, Grandfather James Jackson; sisters Dorothy Enbusk and Shirley Ramsdell, and brother John Vavalis, Jr.
The family can be contacted at Rick Vavalis at 9196 Cinema Drive, Apt. 9B, Juneau, AK, 99801, 907-790-2937.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Feb. 1 to Mar. 2, 2015