Ada Mary Haskin
(one who hears voice following behind)
(mother of stone sitting in water)
July 1924 - June 2013
Long-time Skagway resident and Tlingit-Tagish elder Ada Mary Haskin died in Whitehorse, Yukon on June 6.
Ada was born July 27, 1924 in Whitehorse to Johnnie Johns and Gladys Roberts Johns. Her mother died when she was only 2 years old. Because of losing her mother at such a young age, Ada developed a very special bond with her father and grandmother Maria.
Ada grew up in Carcross and Tagish. She learned three languages in her formative years: English, Tlingit and Tagish. Her father Johnnie taught her many things: how to hunt game, fish, cook in the bush, cook at his roadside lodge, run a dog team, and wrangle horses.
Ada married Fred Haskin and moved to Skagway in 1960. They loved to have visitors. After a shared cup of tea or coffee, she would busy herself in the kitchen to cook them a nice meal. She loved to bake and always had home-baked bread, pie, cake, or cookies.
She loved to garden, raising both flowers and vegetables. She knitted, embroidered, crocheted, and weaved baskets.
Ada had seven children: Darrel Beattie, Albert (Butch) Beattie, Gladys Moran, John Shepherd, George Shepherd, Buster Shepherd, and Anita Lafont. She has several grandchildren, great grandchildren and even great great grandchildren. She loved her grandchildren very much.
Even though she moved to Skagway, she maintained a close and loving relationship with all her siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, children, and grandchildren in the Yukon.
Ada was a member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood, Skagway Emblem Club, and was Past Madam President of the Skagway Eagles Auxiliary.
She lived in Skagway until she was forced to move to a nursing home and spend her final days in the loving care of Copper Ridge in Whitehorse. She passed away surrounded by family.
Ada’s funeral service was held at the Skagway Presbyterian Church at noon on Thursday, June 13.
– Submitted by the family