Nancy Morgan

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    - Francine Andrew
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Aniak resident Nancy C. Morgan, 78, died April 30, 2010, at the Alaska Native Medical Center in the presence of her family.

She was born Oct. 18, 1931, to Michael Passamika and Agnes Tukuyuk in Piamute, on the Yukon River. She spent her early childhood there until her family moved to Kalskag. At 16 she married Carl Morgan Sr. They lived in Kalskag and Aniak and had 12 children.

Nancy was a devout Catholic; she served as St. Theresa's eucharistic minister, Sunday school teacher, choir leader and parish council member. Nancy was a dedicated teacher who first taught preschool, then, until the end, the Yupik language, culture and traditions to several generations. She was also a Yupik language mentor for the Kuspuk School District and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Nancy actively lived a traditional lifestyle. She instilled in her children and grandchildren the value of living a traditional subsistence life. She enjoyed skin sewing and making mukluks, kuspuks, malagayaqs and beadwork and she loved to play bingo.

Her family wrote: "Everyone knows her as Gramma Nancy; she was a very kind-hearted lady who never refused a request for help, whether it be spiritually, mentally or physically or a place to stay. She made both children and adults feel like they were very special individuals and encouraged them in whatever path they chose to take. We are all very lucky to have such a wonderful influence in our lives."

She loved her family so much that she wanted to live in both worlds, not wanting to leave her family, yet wanting to be reunited with her loving husband, Carl.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Morgan; her parents; brother, Nick Passamika; and sister, Annie Mary Simeon.

She is survived by her sisters, Winifred Pitka, Theresa Alexie, Mary Ann Vaska and Irene Passamika; brother, Paul Passamika; sisters-in-law, Theresa Parent, Maggie Nicholai, Clara Morgan and Theresa Morgan; children, Leo (Edith), Carl (Angie), Leonard (Nancy), Jimmy, Billy (Twinks), Walter, Nicky (Beverly), Francine, Harry (Sarah), Barbara, Wayne (Martha), Bruce (Okie) and Dan (Jane) Gusauskas; 46 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from May 5 to May 6, 2010