Our beloved mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and dearest friend Maggie Roberts went home to the Lord on Dec. 26, 2013.|
Maggie was born April 30, 1935, to Johnny and Sarah Frank. She was raised by her parents at Goldcamp near Venetie. She was raised in the subsistence lifestyle. Maggie was a teacher, storyteller and a wonderful listener to everyone around her. Above all, Maggie was a wife, companion, mother and grandmother.
Maggie Roberts was the first female chief for the first women's council of Venetie. She fought against drugs and alcohol in the village.
She taught her children and grandchildren about the traditional and subsistence way of life as she raised them. She continued to live this way throughout her life. Maggie was a teacher; she traveled to numerous villages to teach children and adults alike. She worked for the Yukon Flats School District as a traditional culture teacher. She taught skin tanning, beading and traditional survival. She loved to teach her traditional values to the people around her.
She had a nickname for everyone in her family, from the oldest to the youngest. She made everyone feel welcome and always had a smile for you.
She is survived by her loving companion of 25 years, Larry Williams Sr.; her children, Lawrence (Christina), Mary Rose, Margaret, Sylvia (Grafton), Melody (Rick), Lucy (Larry), Lori (Richard), Sarah (Edgar), son-in-law Dennis, and her stepchildren Ruby (Thomas) and Marcella (Clifton); her grandchildren, Julian (Christine), Julius (Somik), Allah, Warren, Tony, Timmy, Megan, Raynee, River, Brian (Wanda), Derrick, Billy (Vic), Jessica, Keith AI, Susan (Julio), James (Shayna), Antonia (Troy), Kimberly, Vincent (Amanda), Donald Jr., Caitlyn, Cody, Katie, Christopher, Lia, Jimmy Gwat, Josua, Daniel Johnny, Maggie, John Fred, Dwayne (Faith), Madeline, Clifton Jr., Jordan and Melinda; her great-grandchildren, Elaina, Kayla, Stephanie, Ethan, Chad, Gilbert, Caroline, Oren, Payton, Connor, Aurora, Alisha, Isaiah, Myrcediz, Rhianon, Deja, Justin, Trevor, RayDan, Robbie, James Jr., Daniel Jr., Jared, Collin, Elijah, Wally Jr., Angel, Camille and Daniel; her sister, Hannah J. Solomon and her godchildren, Brenda Doreen Gilbert and Walter John Jr.; and her dearest friends, Shannon Hardy, Mary Jessie, Susan Charlie, Virginia Herbert, Mike and Marge Holloway and Teddy Holloway.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Sarah Frank; her husband, Jimmy Roberts; brothers Stanley, Nathanial, Hamel and Dan Frank; sisters Annie Frank and Jean R Frank; children James, Tony, Susan and Rita; mother-in-law Nena Roberts; and her nephew Johnathon Solomon.
Maggie Ts'al will be dearly missed by everyone.
There are so many family and friends that she is leaving behind, too many to list.
There will a visitation from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, at St. Matthew's Church. A service will follow, from 1- 2 p.m. She will be taken home to Venetie immediately afterward.
There also will be a service at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at the Good Shepard Church in Venetie. She will be laid to rest next to her husband in the Venetie cemetery.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Dec. 29, 2013