Mary left her life here on earth on June 27th, in Juneau Alaska. Mary was born in Bethel, Alaska on September 4, 1932 to Mollia (Charles) and Edward Stevenson. She lived in Bethel until her Mother died, at which time she was taken, along with her siblings to live in the Moravian Mission near Kwethluk, Alaska.
When her father, Edward Stevenson died, she was sent to Sheldon Jackson in Sitka, Alaska to attend high school. It was in Sitka where she met her husband, Ole Taug, Jr. They married in September, 1950 and moved shortly after to Superior, five miles away from Tenakee Springs. As their family began to grow, they moved from Superior to Tenakee Springs so their children could
attend school in a one-room schoolhouse. While living in Tenakee, Mary worked for Totem Seafoods, a crab cannery; she also took in laundry for the locals. Mary was a fantastic cook! When she baked bread, butterhorns, cookies or cakes, "word of mouth" would make its way around the town and many locals would stop by for cup of coffee and also to enjoy a homemade delectable!
In 1968, her family moved to Juneau, because once again, the family was growing up and many were either in high school, or about to begin high school. While living in Juneau, Mary worked as a chambermaid; and took "secretarial" classes at Juneau Community College. When she completed her coursework, she began working for the State Department of Education. Eventually she began working as a secretary for Sealaska Corporation and was the first to "retire" from Sealaska.
All her life Mary enjoyed cooking, fishing, gardening and berry picking. She was once featured in an article in the Juneau Empire that featured beautiful gardens around Juneau.
Mary had a smile as big as her heart. She loved her family and loved cooking and "doing things" with them and for them. Mary also enjoyed music, especially upbeat music and knew many lyrics to gospels. She will be greatly missed. Mary suffered from Alzheimers for the past 11 years. She lived at home and her husband Ole was her primary caregiver. After suffering a stroke in September, 2011, Juneau Hospice also came to their home and offered their wonderful caring services, for
which all her family is grateful. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, her in-laws (Ole & Florence), two
sons: Richard and Jakob, and a brother Eddie. Mary is survived by her husband Ole, a sister Betty of Tacoma, her children: Shirley (Jere) Walkush, Ole (Karen), Barbara Taug and Ron Taug of Juneau; Florence (Michael) Brown of Everett, WA.
She is also survived by Allen Taug, Stella Taug and their son Travis; Emil Taug of Louisiana; Emily Taug and Charlie Taug of Washington, close family friend Bing Carrillo. Mary is survived by grandchildren: David (Leilani) Walkush of Everett, WA;
Kelley (Scott) Littlefield of Kansas City, MO; Ptarmica (Luke) McConnell of Sitka, Joshua Garnick, Jonah Keen, Kenneth Taug and Maria Taug all of Juneau; Sonia Brown of Seattle, WA, Jacob Taug of Juneau and Tracy Scott of South Africa.
Great-grandchilren include: Malina, Keanu, and Alana Walkush of Everett, WA; Gage Garnick and Zoe Tagsip of Juneau; Kiera Scott-Lilford of South Africa; and Sophie Littlefield of Kansas City, MO. She is also survived by numerous nieces
and nephews; and extended family in the Bethel and Kwethluk area. A celebration of Mary's life will be held at the Travelodge,
Saturday, July 14th from 1pm-4pm.
Published in The Juneau Empire from July 11 to Aug. 10, 2012