Mabel Pamiilaq Panigeo (1929 - 2018)

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Mabel Pamiilaq Nusunginya Panigeo, 89, died peacefully on Aug. 3, 2018, at her home in Utqiagvik, Alaska. She was born on April 21, 1929, to Ned Nusunginya and Faye Kimmialuk. Mabel was a mother of seven, grandmother to 15, great-grandmother to 31, great-great-grandmother to one and a revered elder to many in her community. She was a devout member of the Inupiat Assembly of God Church and translator of the Bible. For 31 years, after the death of her husband Joseph Panigeo Sr., Mabel carried the mantle of the family whaling crew. She was a matriarch of the Paniguitkuayaat, who are dedicated to carrying on her tradition.
Mabel was a historian of Iñupiat language and culture, a master seamstress, excellent cook and a world traveler. She took a pilgrimage to Jerusalem with her church, was a delegate to the Inuit Circumpolar Conference in Nuuk, Greenland; was an Alaska delegate for District Council for Assemblies of God at numerous national conferences and enjoyed Hawaiian vacations.
A funeral was held on Aug. 5, 2018, at the Inupiat Assembly of God Church in Utqiagvik, where her loved ones and pastor, JR Markel, spoke of her lifelong walk with Jesus Christ and their absolute confidence that if anyone went to Heaven, it was she.
Mabel was buried next to her late husband, Joseph Amayun Panigeo Sr.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Aug. 12 to Aug. 13, 2018