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Augustine 'Gussie' Shifflett

Lifelong Alaskan Augustine Gussie Tocktoo Shifflett, 58, died July 18 at Humana Hospital-Alaska.


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 their religion.


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 



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