Harriet Rachel Bennett Chilton (1927 - 2016)

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Harriet Rachel Bennett Chilton passed away March 16, 2016 at her home in Juneau, Alaska. She was 89 years old.
Harriet was born February 14, 1927 in Angoon, Alaska. She was Deisheetaan (Raven-Beaver) from the Raven House of Angoon and her Tlingit name was Shaachook?á. One of 8 children born to Charles and Annie (Johnson) Bennett, Harriet spent her childhood growing up in Angoon. She attended Sheldon Jackson High School in Sitka, Alaska and later took night classes at the Bill Ray Center to learn secretarial skills. She put those skills to good use working for the Teamsters Union and eventually retired from Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska where she worked as a secretary for many years. She met her husband, Gene Douglas Chilton in Angoon and they had 13 beautiful children together. Harriet enjoyed traveling, crocheting, and visiting with her friends at bingo, but her biggest joy was her family. She was very proud of all of her children and their accomplishments and felt very blessed to be Grandmother to over 150 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She also had many wonderful friends and will be greatly missed.
Harriet is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Annie Bennett; husband, Gene D. Chilton; brothers, Joseph Bennett Sr., Thomas Bennett Sr., Paul Bennett, and James Klushkan; sisters, Elsie John and June Pegues; children, Leslie B. Chilton, Eric L. Chilton, Sharon Chilton-Zinn, Elaine Chilton-Sullivan, Doris Chilton-Sage, Lorraine Chilton-Kincaid, Janice Chilton-Wren and Ellen Chilton-Field; granddaughter, Ronnie Kincaid, granddaughter, Valerie Chilton and great-grandson, Eric Kyle Chilton.
Harriet is survived by her sister, Marge Gamble; her children, Gene W. Chilton II and his wife Jennifer, Beverly Kerr and her husband James, Brian Chilton, Ann Martha Chilton, Douglas K. Chilton and Tom Wehnes, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Services will be held in Juneau, on Wednesday, March 23rd at 5pm at the Alaska Native Brotherhood hall.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Mar. 22 to Apr. 20, 2016