Lala (Garcia) Vigil (1936 - 2013)

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Lala Vigil of Juneau, Alaska passed away August 9, 2013 at Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa, Arizona, where she was being tested for an aortic heart valve replacement. Lala was born September 20, 1936 in Ojo Caliente, New Mexico to Antonio and Genoveva Garcia. She grew up and attended school in Alamosa, Colorado. In 1956 she moved to Hotchkiss, Colorado where she met her future husband and graduated from Hotchkiss High. On October 17, 1956 she married Felix Vigil and made there home in and around Colorado, Montana, Nevada and for a brief time Louisiana.

On June 10, 1968, Lala and family moved to Juneau, Alaska where her husband was employed with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Lala was active in the Juneau community as a Cub Scout leader, 4-H leader and President of the Juneau 4-H Leaders Council, member of Alaska Native Sisterhood and various other activities her children participated in.

Lala attended the University of Alaska Southeast where she earned her Associate degree in Business Administration in 1979. At the same time, she was employed with Behrends Bank, National Bank of Alaska and the Alaska Court System. She retired from Tlingit-Haida Regional Housing Authority in 2005 after 22 years of service. After retirement Lala enjoyed RVing and spent winter months at the Arizonian RV Park located in Apache Junction, Arizona. She was the assistant to the Activities Director at the RV Park and enjoyed many of the social activities there such as shuffle board, card games and arts & crafts.

One of the proudest moments of her life was when her friend and sister Betty Marvin adopted her into the Tlingit Nation Chaak (Eagle) Shun-Koo-Ka-di (Thunderbird Clan).

Lala was preceded in death by her parents, two siblings who died in infancy and son-in-law Robert Hurt. She is survived by her husband Felix Vigil, son Randal (Julie) Vigil, daughters; Lisa (Fred) Yates, and Julie Vigil, granddaughters; Sarah (David) Whisenant, Valerie Hurt, Tisha (John) Yates, Michaela Ludwig-Yates, Rachel Ludwig, Shannon (Joe) Franklin, Katie (Shawn) Gilson, grandsons; Jared Fortin, Frank (Nichel) Hurt, Fredrick (Cinnamon) Yates Jr., great grandchildren; Donny, Casen and Aubree Bischoff, Bella Whisenant, Maxi and Pedrin Saceda-Hurt, Alexandrea (Matt) Kaer, Damon Ludwig, Samantha Chaffin, Isaiah, Alliyha, and Kaiyah Carandang, Devin Gilson and Jamilyn Lowe, great great grandchildren; Ethan Gassaway and Luke Steele.

She is also survived by sisters Polly (Al) Torkar of Carlsbad, California and Elaine Garcia of Meeker, Colorado and brother Antonio Garcia of Delta, Colorado.

A mass in her honor with be held on August 28, 2013 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Paul's Catholic Church. A celebration of life potluck will be held at St. Peter's Hall (original church) right after mass at 11:30 A.M., please bring a dish to share. The mass and celebration of life are open to all who would like to attend.
Published in The Juneau Empire on Aug. 21, 2013