Our beloved Hanna Titus Carter passed away with family by her bedside on Feb. 26, 2013, in Fairbanks.
Hanna was born on Jan. 20, 1946, to Annie and Charlie Titus Sr. in Old Minto. Hanna grew up, raised by her parents, in a traditional Athabascan lifestyle. Hanna graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High School in 1967 and the University of Alaska Fairbanks where she earned a certificate in rural human services, associate degrees in early childhood and human services, and then her bachelor's degree in social work.
Hanna worked with numerous social agencies in Alaska, including Tanana Chiefs Conference, Southcentral Foundation and Fairbanks Native Association and Minto Development Corporation. She worked hard and devoted many years to helping others to better their lives. She was an awesome mother who loved her children very much and was a caring foster mother to many children.
Later in life, she couldn't have been a happier grandma, so proud of her grandchildren. Spending time with her grandchildren and spoiling them meant the world to her.
She cherished her grandchildren and nothing pleased her more than teaching them her traditional culture and bringing them home to Minto. Hanna lived many places throughout her life, but home was always Minto where she loved the community and the people. Hanna had an amazing love of life that encouraged and inspired so many people of all ages. She found joy in helping others and making people welcome.
She had her own way of making people feel special and always had a warm embrace, a good story or a hug to share. She listened to people with her heart.
Throughout her life, Hanna had a welcoming home where she always had good food and tea to share. Hanna was a lady of grace and class who always had a beautiful smile and a contagious laugh. She could light up any room she entered and make people feel at ease. Hanna had a genuine and giving heart, helping others at their time of need in any way she could. Hanna loved gardening, picking berries, beading, traveling, camping and spending time on the Minto Flats.
She loved to dance and really enjoyed music, looking forward to the yearly Athabascan Fiddler's Association Festival and even traveling all the way to Ft. McPhearson, Canada, where she loved seeing and meeting new and old friends alike.
Family stated, "Our mom was a special dear person to us, we were fortunate to have her in our lives and be able to share her with so many people. She loved to meet and visit with others and had friends from all walks of life and all over the country.
"We were blessed with her unending love and unselfish kindness that we learned from her.
"She will be dearly missed but will always live in our hearts forever."
Hanna is preceded in death by her father, Charlie Titus Sr.; sisters Loujean Jimmie, Lily Titus, Rose Duyck, Sherry Titus, Tellie Titus and Jennifer Titus, Brother Tiny Titus; sister-in-law Jeanene Alexander.
Hanna is survived by her mother, Annie Titus; daughters Tanna Lee and son-in-law Chad Hammond, Leajean Titus, and Shaylene Druck.; son Rondell Jimmie (Robin Campbell), companion Alan Riley; grandchildren Marlin, Darla, Lindell, Mickey, Chase and Leonard Jimmie, Charlissa Titus, Alex and Jordan Hanna, Bailey and Peyton Hammond; brothers Charlie Titus Jr. and wife Ruth and family, and Jimmy Titus and family, Sisters Violet Mayo and husband Kenny and Family, Effie Moe and Family, Florine Alexander (Wayne); aunt Josephine Riley and family and many other cousins, nieces and nephews and many friends who were dear to her heart.
A memorial service will take place at the St. Matthew's Episcopal Church on Monday, March 4, starting at noon with visitation one hour prior. Funeral Services will take place Wednesday March 6 starting at 1 p.m. in Minto with visitation starting at 11 a.m. with burial and potlatch following.
Arrangements were entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home and Crematory.