Lifelong Alaskan Augustine Gussie Tocktoo Shifflett, 58, died July 18 at Humana
A visitation will be held
from 2 to 3 p.m. today at Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Bragaw
Chapel. A funeral will be held in Nome at the Nome Lutheran Church at 11 a.m.
Saturday with the Rev. Alfred Lewensten officiating. A committal service will be
held in Shishmaref, where she is to be buried.
She was born the elder of
twin girls in Shishmaref on Aug. 10, 1933.
She was married to Melvin
Shifflett at Nome Lutheran Church Jan. 8, 1966. Both were faithfully active in
Mrs. Shifflett worked at
the Maynard McDougal Hospital in Nome as a nurse's aide. She then worked for
Ernie and Betty Gustafson at the North Star Restaurant and at the Fort Davis
Roadhouse for about 30 years. For the past nine years, she worked as a cook at
Nome Beltz Junior-Senior High School.
Her favorite pastimes
included bead working and skin sewing. She never lost her love for her
traditional Native culture and lifestyle.
Her family said: "She was
a beloved wife, mother and daughter. She will be greatly missed."
She was preceded in death
by her father, Eddie, and a brother, Stewart. Mrs. Shifflett is survived by her
husband, Melvin of Nome; her son, James Tocktoo of Nome; her daughter, Gracie of
Anchorage; her mother, Grace Tocktoo of Nome; her twin sister, Pauline
Sundermeier of Honolulu; her brothers, Vincent Tocktoo of Shishmaref, Arthur and
Robert Tocktoo of Brevig Mission, and Stephen and Bert Tocktoo of Nome; and many
nephews and nieces throughout Alaska.
Source: The Anchorage
Daily News, AK, Jul. 22, 1992