Earline Smith

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Earline Smith arrived from Los Angeles on Bethel Island in 1963 as a Public Health Nurse and a lifetime love for life in Alaska began. She married William E. Smith in 1965 and enjoyed a fulfilling life with him until his death in 2003. Her career has spanned nursing, teaching and a number of roles with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She retired after 29 years of Federal Service. During her retirement she volunteered 21 years, many years alongside her beloved Bill, at Johnson Youth Center and was honored by Governor Parnell as one of six Alaskan Volunteers of the Year. Mrs. Smith also served on the Human Rights Commission and the Bidding Review Board in Juneau. She and Bill were a presence in the legislature lobbying for the addition of a treatment center at JYC to name one of their many efforts.
Compassionate and deeply caring, Earline openly acknowledged others with a listening ear, cards, flowers, gifts, letters of support, and numerous other means. She was cherished in her Tlingit family, her birth family, among old and new friends and in Juneau.
Earline lived independently in her Douglas Highway home until her passing in February.
A Celebration of Life gathering and dinner will be held on Sunday, May 28, 5:30pm at the Tlingit-Haida Community Hall, 3235 Hospital Drive, Juneau, AK.
Published in The Juneau Empire from May 24 to June 23, 2017