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Rest in peace, Donna Pratt


Donna Jean Pratt passed peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. Donna, the 12th child of David and Mamie Williams, was born on April 19, 1957, and raised in Hoonah.

Donna was a graduate of Hoonah City Schools and attended Griffin Business College in Seattle, Washington. After, she worked in many fields and retired from the U.S. Forest Service, where she received two awards for her efficiency. She was also a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Donna was a T'akdeintaan of the Tlingit tribe–Raven moiety and a child of the Chookaneidi. Her Tlingit name is Kaatatee. She was grandchild of the Kaagwaantaan, Kiksadi, Lux.naxadi, Lukaa.adi, and Auk kwaan. Donna came from the Ravens Nest House, the Yeil' Kudi Hit.

Her memorial service took place on Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Alaska Memorial Park. Burial immediately followed. According to the Alaska Division of Public Health, her passing was the second death in Juneau attributed to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

Donna's Aunt Carol says, “Our family is very grateful to Bartlett Regional Hospital and their wonderful staff for the kindness and care given to Donna during her illness with COVID. Gunalchéesh.”

During her CCU stay the last two weeks of July 2020, Donna was compelled to share her experience on social media. From her Bartlett hospital room, where she was allowed no visitors, she spoke to hundreds of people all over the world and made a difference in the struggle to control the spread of this pandemic. Gunalchéesh, Donna!

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