"Miss Lisa" was born to George B. Johnson Jr. (Angoon) and Georgiana Lewis (Haines) on October 22nd, 1976 in Mount Edgecumbe, Alaska. She was of the Raven Moiety and belonged to the Taakw'aaneidi (People From Across the Waters) Clan. Her half sisters are Myrna, Georgianna, and Karen of Sitka; Mary (Metlakatla); and half brothers George III (Germany) and Brian of Sitka.
At the age of 4, Lisa was adopted by Meryl E. Long (Georgiana) and moved to Long Island, Alaska on Prince of Wales where they lived for the next 10 years. Her brothers (by adoption) are Terry (Pam) Long of Cordova and Brayton (Becky) Long of Skagway.
After finishing high school in Haines, Lisa went on to continue her education and earned a Bachelor of Arts and Communications Degree from the University of Alaska Southeast.
The joy of Lisa's life include her 2 children. Sydney Leanne Long-Kent was born to her and Jake Kent of Juneau on September 2nd, 1999. Keenan Isaiah was born to Lisa (Long) and Chad Howard (Juneau) on June 24th, 2004. These 2 children were the light of her life.
Lisa's meaningful place of employment was at the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska as a 477 Case Manager. She loved working with her clients and making a difference in others lives.
Her hobbies included playing with the "Pirates" Softball Team where she was nick-named as "Chief White-Pants"; traveling; shopping; and just "hanging out" with good friends.
Lisa Marie was preceded in death by maternal grandparents George A. Lewis (born in Kilisnoo) and Matilda Watson Lewis (born in Klawock); Paternal grandparents, Mary B. and George B. Johnson Sr, of Angoon; Grandmother, Hattie Pershall, Darren and Meryl E. Long (Haines); Aunt, Barbara C. Lewis, and cousins, Jodi Erickson and Scot Davis (Haines).
Lisa passed away on Wednesday, January 9th at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. She was 36 years old at the time of her death. Her mother, Georgiana, her cousin, Molly Porter and her best friend, Lee Peratrovich Jr. were by her side.
Surviving members of her immediate family include Georgiana (Joe) Hotch of Haines; brother, Dominic (Rosa) Wobick; Uncles, Harold (Verda) Lewis; and Raymond Lewis Sr. of Palmer; Fred (Joni) Lewis of Anchorage; her aunties- E. Ruth Davis (Anchorage); Verna (Neil) Adams of Humiston, Iowa; Thelma Fields of Fairbanks; Florence (C. Joe) Murray of Santa Rosa, California; and Diane (John) Hoisington of Juneau.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, January 19th, 2013, 1:00 pm at the Church of God-Glacier Valley, 8497 Thunder Mountain Road, Juneau. (907) 789-3605. Reverend Richard Green will be officiating.
Lisa Marie was cremated at the Alaska Memorial Park in Juneau. Her remains will be Entered Into Rest at Jones Point Cemetery in Haines by her father, Meryl.
Memorial donations may be deposited for her two children First National Bank Alaska ACCT#30834428..
Published in The Juneau Empire on Jan. 16, 2013