Longtime Sitka Resident Patricia Kay Eliason Dies

Patricia Kay Eliason

Patricia Kay Eliason, a 41-year resident of Sitka, died Oct. 20 in Sitka at the age of 86.

Per her wishes, no memorial service will be held.

Patricia Kay Knilans was born April 14, 1937, in Waterloo, Iowa.

After living in many places, Pat found her forever home in Sitka in 1982, where she fished with husband Dick Eliason. He was a member of the state Senate, so Pat also enjoyed political activities, even campaigning.

She was involved in several local activities. Volunteering with the kindergartners at Baranof Elementary School became a treasured activity – many children, and young adults, remember “Miss Pat” fondly. She also served on the Center for Community board for many years.

  Among her hobbies were embroidery and crocheting, which she learned from her mother and grandmother.

Pat was predeceased by her loving husband Sen. Dick Eliason, her son Bob McConnell, and stepdaughter Greta Ryan.

She is survived by daughter Jennifer Postley of Sitka, sister Judie Knilans of Rhode Island, and step-family George Eliason and Stan Eliason of Sitka, Ida Eliason of Juneau, and Botso (Richard) Eliason of Palmer.

Pat loved her numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren located in Alaska and the west coast.

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