Sally Blackbird

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Sally Catherine Blackbird passed away peacefully at her home at Kokhanok on April 5th, 2013. She was born October 7th, 1949 at Homer, AK.

Sally was an adventurous person with a gentle, compassionate soul. Her love for adventure and articulate nature afforded her many experiences both in travel and occupation. At 17, Sally spent time working for the Alaska Rail Road between Anchorage and Fairbanks which eventually led to working at various fish canneries; she ultimately found a fulfilling career between Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission, Salvation Army Clithroe Center and Community Service Patrol, helping those who she felt were most neglected by society. Sally lived in many places throughout Alaska and the lower 48, having made homes at Akutan, South Naknek, Dillingham, Anchorage, Stariski Creek, Kenai, Colorado and finally at Kokhanok. She loved drawing and listening to music, studying the Bible, knitting, cooking, sight-seeing, reading, and puzzles. She was a beautiful homemaker and could brighten up any place with little effort. She loved the holidays and her home would often reflect the cheer of the season. She lived life on her own terms. She believed in hard work, and reaping what you sow and always offered prayers of good hope to everyone she met and knew. She loved her husband and children to no-end, and was very proud of her grandchildren.

Sally is preceded in death by her father Peter Nielsen, mother Annie Quapaw; sisters Adele Severson, Sonja Nielsen and Jan Straughn; brothers Arnold Nielsen and John Nielsen. She is survived by her husband of 22 years Marvin Blackbird; son Brad Angasan and his children Spirit, Hunter and River; daughter Tisha Angasan and her children Yanna O'Domin, Harold O'Domin and Salleena O'Domin; sisters Nellie Roehl of Anchorage, Violet Willson and Ruth Monsen of Naknek, Clara Angasan of King Salmon, Ann Quapaw of Anchorage and brother Donald Nielsen of South Naknek. Sally had many, many nieces and nephews.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Apr. 22 to Apr. 23, 2013