Julia Ann Sunnyboy, 44, of Nenana, Alaska, passed away on Oct. 12, 2021, in Anchorage, Alaska.
Funeral services will be held in Nenana, Alaska, at the Mitch Demientieff Sr. Tribal Hall on Oct. 16, 2021, at 2?p.m. with Marilyn Duggar of St. Marks Episcopal Church officiating. Burial will be following services on Toghotthele Hill.
Julia Ann Sunnyboy is the mother to five beautiful children, Kiana Peters, Kaitlyn and Michael Lenihan, Jacob Yako, Gracelyn Yako and Austin Yako; the daughter of Mitch Demientieff Sr. and Kathleen Demientieff, Arnold Sunnyboy and Hanna (Patty) Peters; the grandchild of Hank and Caroline Ketzler, Robert Sunnyboy Sr., Victor and Elizabath Merryfield; and sibling to Christina Sunnyboy, Mitch Demientieff Jr., Sunya Sunnyboy, Susan Demientieff and Titus Bettis. She had numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Julia graduated from both Nenana Public High School and Chemawa High School. She grew up in Nenana with the same lifelong friends, played basketball and was state champion for the Nenana Public High School basketball team. She played volleyball and women's softball also. She was very competitive for all of them.
Julia was a talented grant writer. If there wasn't a job she'd write a grant and create her own. She worked for the Nenana Native Council helping tribal members further their education, obtaining employment or training. She was patient and had a great personality.
At 9 years old she shot her first moose, lived a subsistence lifestyle and had a wonderful childhood traveling all over Alaska and the states with her family.
Pallbearers are Micheal Lenihan, Calen Sunnyboy, George Yako, Jonathan Roberts, Samual Ketzler and Gerald Patsy.
Honorary pallbearers are Byron Peters, Paul Esau, Israel Silas, Henry Ketzler Jr., Robert Ketzler, Joseph Ketzler, Jubal Johnson, Gunner Johnson, Jimmy Ketzler, Jake Thomas, Wayne Ketzler, Paul Johnson, Shawn Sunnyboy, Craig Ketzler, Jason Kosterman and Thomas Justin.
Published by Daily News-Miner on Oct. 16, 2021.