Kenai resident Hattie Ahtuangaruak Miller died Sunday, April 25, 2004. She was 65.
A singspiration and a funeral service were held Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at 2 p.m. at the Kisik Community Center in Nuiqsut. Pastor Tom Moore and Virginia Kasak officiated. John Gregory, Simeon Ahmakak, Joe Nukapigak Sr., Wesley Ahmakak, Issac Nukapigak, Joe Nukapigak, Mark Ahmakak, Robert Nukapigak, Eli Nukapigak, Zachariah Ahmakak, Tommy Nukapigak, Rodney Ahtuangaruak Sr. and Thomas Ahtuangaruak Jr. were pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Leon Matumeak, Leonard Nukapigak, Bruce Nukapigak, Harry Ahnupkana, Maniksaq Nukapigak, Willie Sielak, Clarence Ahnupkana, John Kunaknana, Derek Ahtuangaruak, Cyrus Evikana and Rodney Ahtuangaruak Jr.
Mrs. Miller was born June 10, 1938, in Point Barrow to Cyrus and Alice (Paneolak) Ahtuangaruak. She lived in Barrow, Kotzebue, Fairbanks, Palmer, Anchorage and Kenai. She loved to sew, fish, play bingo and sing.
"Our mother taught us to have respect for our elders. She was proud of her Inupaiq heritage, enjoying traditional Native foods, camping and visiting relatives. She had a fun sense of humor. She was especially beloved by her many relatives in Nuiqsut and Barrow," her family said.
Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, John Ahtuangaruak, John Ahmakak, Wilbur Ahtuangaruak and Issac Ahtuangaruak Sr.; and sisters, Carrie Ward and Rachel and Lillian Ahtuangaruak.
She is survived by her daughters, Susan G. Geist of Houma, La., and Alice M. Williams of Anchorage; sons, Jimmy Lee Gregory of Wasilla, John B. Gregory of Wasilla and Frank B. Gregory Jr. of Ketchikan; sister, Ruth Nukapigak of Nuiqsut; brothers, Johnny and Thomas Ahtuangaruak of Nuiqsut; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Arrangement were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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