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Accomplished & dedicated Alaska Native leader, Molly Ann Ames, passed away on March 28, 2013 at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka, Alaska at the age of 71.
Born in Fort Yukon, Alaska on July 6, 1941 to the proud parents, Albert Lee Ames & Nina Henry Ames. Molly would soon grow to become a driven Athabascan woman with aspirations to succeed academically & professionally in order to effect change for the
betterment of her Alaska Native people. She graduated from Sheldon Jackson High School in Sitka in 1960, & continued on to earn her bachelor's degree at University of Fairbanks in Native Law, & a master's degree in Ancient Literature.
Her achievements academically earned her respected & pivotal roles within the Alaska Native Community. Molly served as a judge for the Tanana Chiefs Tribal Court; she was dedicated to serving and protecting Native children.
Molly was honored with an adoption by Tlingit clan leader, Howard H. Gray, Sr. into the T'akdeintaan clan of Hoonah/Glacier Bay.
She spent the final years of her life continuing to make a positive impact in the Alaska Native Community by serving selflessly as a caregiver for the elders in her hometown of Nenana.
She is preceded in death by: Parents Albert Lee Ames, Nina Henry Ames, and Brothers Daniel Lee Ames, Robert Allan Ames. Sister Pauline Ames.
She is survived by: Daughters; Denise P Gray, and Julie C Jackson of Hoonah, Alaska
And siblings, Albert Norman Ames, Paul Henry Ames and Geraldine Ruby Ames
At her request: There will be a small private Memorial held in Hoonah, Alaska date yet to be determined and another Memorial held in Nenana, Alaska at a later date
Published in The Juneau Empire on Apr. 7, 2013