Eleanor L John (1941 - 2012)

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Eleanor L. John
Juneau resident Eleanor L. John, 71, died December 15, 2012 surrounded by her children after a severe illness.
She was born at Killisnoo, near Angoon, on October 27, 1941 to Elsie and Ronald John, Sr. Her Tlingit name was Tseiltin, and she descended from the Deisheetaan, Raven House of Angoon. Eleanor learned to understand and speak Tlingit by spending time with her parents and grandmother, the late Annie Johnson Bennett. She enjoyed teaching phrases to her children and grandchildren, and instilled cultural pride in all of them.
Eleanor was fondly known as "Lulu" to her brothers and sisters, especially in her youth. This nickname aptly suited her fun-loving personality as she was often the center of attention with her charm, infectious laugh, and sense of humor. She had many friends and relatives, and didn't know a stranger no matter where she went. These qualities served her well, especially as she led several independent candidate teams to victory in their quest for seats on the Sealaska board of directors.
Eleanor was especially close to her father, Ronald. They shared a love of music that lasted a lifetime. She learned to play the piano at a young age, and later took great joy in playing alongside and teaching her granddaughter, Mikayla, to play her favorite pieces.
Eleanor gave life to six children who were her pride and joy. She was a very loving and giving mother, always encouraging and providing support whenever needed. Good manners and speaking skills were especially important to her, and she carefully instilled these values in her children.
Eleanor loved being a mother, but she loved being a grandmother even more. She was fondly known as "Shopping Grandma" to her grandchildren. She loved to have her grand babies with her, and provided the most loving care to them while her children worked. She often said her grandchildren kept her going, especially later in life as she defeated breast cancer.
She was an avid sports fan, and loved watching her children and grandchildren play hockey, softball, baseball, football, soccer, and basketball. She was an avid Seattle Mariners fan, and her favorite players were Ichiro, Edgar Martinez, and Ken Griffey, Jr.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and by her sister, Christina Hanlon.
She is survived by her sons Don Eames, Kurt Eames, and John L David; daughters Jodi Mitchell, Kasey Eames-Cox, and Lisa David; grandchildren DeeAnn Louie, Mikayla & Miranda Mitchell, Tesla Cox, and Jacob, Nicholas, and Anuhea Eames; brothers Ronald John Jr. of Juneau, Edward John (Lora) of Ketchikan, Leonard John of Anchorage, Charles John (Mary) of Juneau, and Reginald John (Deborah) of Roy, WA; sisters Bernice Donnelly (Wilbur) and Sandra Cross (Michael) of Juneau, and Delores Gardipee of Seattle, WA; Aunts Margaret Gamble, Harriet Chilton, and Alice Bennett of Juneau, and many nieces and nephews.
A family viewing was held on December 18th in Lacey, Washington. A memorial service will be held at 2pm Saturday, December 29th at the Chapel By the Lake at Auke Bay.
Condolences can be sent
C/O Jodi Mitchell, 4938 Wren Drive, Juneau, AK 99801.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Dec. 28, 2012 to Jan. 26, 2013
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