Wasilla resident JoAnn Magdalene Barclay, 55,
passed on May 1, 2006, at home. A formal service will take place in Mountain
Village, and the burial will take place in Old Andreafski after the Yukon River
breakup. Friends and family will be informed of the burial date at that time.
She was born June 7, 1950, in Old Chevak, and
grew up in Mountain Village. She graduated from St. Mary's Mission High School
in St. Mary's, and she attended college at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
She married her husband in Anchorage in 1976. They lived in Kenai for a few
years, then in Mountain Village for a number of years before moving to Wasilla.
She worked for Hope Cottages in Anchorage in
the early 1970s, and also for the Asa'carsarmiut Tribal Council as an ICWA
social worker in Mountain Village for a number of years.
Her family wrote, “JoAnn was an
intelligent woman with a great sense of humor. She enjoyed spending time with
family and friends, and she loved working with children and families. She
enjoyed sightseeing and camping throughout Alaska, smoking fish in the summer,
ice fishing, tending to her garden and flowers, and admiring nature. She was a
wonderful and understanding wife and mother. We will always remember her for her
She is survived by her husband, Thomas Barclay;
her son, Warren Barclay; her daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and James Wilson;
her brothers, Robert and Carl Chimiralrea; her brother and sister-in-law,
Charles and Darlene Peterson; her sister and brother-in-law, Laura and Tony
Perez; brother-in-law, Fred Barclay; brother and sister-in-law, Morris and
Charlene Barclay; and brother and sister-in-law. Greg and Kerri Barclay; and
many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her adoptive
parents, Matthew and Betty Peterson; her parents, Xavier and Angelina
Chimiralrea; her older brothers, Mike Peterson and Charles Chimiralrea; and her
older sister, Theresa Chimiralrea.
Source: Frontiersman, 5 May 2006