Julia Sunnyboy
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.
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Funeral service
Mitch Demientieff Sr. Tribal Hall
Nenana, AK
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I'm so sorry to hear of the passing of Julia. I was good friends with her sisters and was able to spend some time with her here in Anchorage. I am sending love & peace to her children & family rest in peace Julia
Christy Anseth
November 3, 2021
My Condolences and Love to the family and friends. Braves forever.... Chemawa Indian School
October 20, 2021
My heart felt condolences to all family, Julia was such a big hearted young lady I don´t think I ever seen her angry she had a big golden heart, Julia I´m so happy we crossed paths in life Thank you for allowing me to guide you as an teenager may you forever rest in paradise your friend Greta
October 17, 2021
I'm so sorry to hear of Julia's passing, once a brave always a brave... Chemawa Indian School
October 17, 2021
I hope you are able to find comfort from memories of happier times. Love and hugs to Chris and Sunny and Kathleen. Sincerest condolences to all the family.
Kimberly Ansaknok
October 16, 2021
My condolences and prayers for all the family at this time of loss. May you find some peace.
Jenny Bell
October 16, 2021
We send our deepest condolences and blessings. Praying for your comfort and peace. Loves n hugs.
Lois Law and family
October 16, 2021
So sorry to hear of Julia's passing. She touched so many lives and will be truly missed. (Hosea 13:14)
October 16, 2021
Big hugs to yr family sadden to hear yr love one has passed in my prayers lv u all
Cousin Di
October 16, 2021
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