Our beloved mother, grandmother and friend went to be with our Lord and Savior on
Feb. 8, 2009, with her children and grandchildren by her side.
Ellen Demit was born on May 11, 1913, to John and Eva Julius at Old Chena Village. At 3 months of age, Ellen was adopted into the Upper Tanana area to Old Luke and his wife, and after their passing, she was raised by Blind Jimmy and his wife, Saline, until she married her husband, Frank Felix, of Ketchumstock/Tanacross.
Ellen and Frank resided in Healy Lake where they had their eight children. During the influenza epidemic of the early 1900s, Ellen and her husband relocated to Big Gerstle to save their three remaining children. After the death of her husband, Frank, Ellen moved to Dot Lake with her three children.
She later married Herbie Demit of Northway. She settled in Tok in the cabin that her son built for her. Grandma Ellen enjoyed her employment throughout the years at the South Fork Lodge, Fortymile and Tok Civic Center.
She will forever be remembered as "Grandma Ellen" to everyone in the Upper Tanana area. Grandma Ellen's door was always open and all were welcomed with love, kindness and generosity.
Every year, Grandma Ellen always looked forward to Christmas; she enjoyed watching her grandchildren open gifts and the frequent trips she made to Healy Lake, the place she called home.
She was preceded in death by her parents; adoptive parents; her husbands; her children, Mary, Ena, Alfred and Talbert Felix; her brothers, Patrick and Lawrence Joe; sister Helen David; and her great-granddaughter, Sasha Rae Paul.
She is survived by her daughters, Agnes Henry and Daisy Northway (Harold); grandchildren, Marylou Paul (Franklin), Lee Henry (Sharon), Joseph Beaver, Ena Beaver, Darren Felix (Jodi), Darrell Felix, Dedre Felix (Keith), Clinton Northway (Jen), Gordon Northway, Adena Albert, Kenny Felix (Lila), Alfred Felix (Freeda) and Monica Garcia (Abraham); 29 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held at the Tok gymnasium at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, and Grandma will then be taken to her final resting place in Healy Lake.