Betty Lou Howey Dies; Came to Sitka in 1954

Betty Lou (Fink) Howey

A memorial for Betty Lou (Fink) Howey, a longtime Sitka resident, will be held 1 p.m. Friday, April 23, at Sitka Memorial Park, 803 Sawmill Creek Road.

Those attending will have an opportunity to give comments.

Betty died April 9 in Sitka, at the age of 86.

She was born Aug. 31, 1934, in Wisconsin, and  traveled to Sitka in 1954 in search of adventure and good employment.

She worked in payroll at Alaska Pulp Corp. from 1953 to 1993, and was  an employee and part owner of both the Nugget Restaurant and Lulu’s Diner, and maintained a variety of odd jobs well into her 70s. A customer told of going to Lulu’s for breakfast several years ago and finding Betty was alone, doing the serving, cooking, running the cash register and cleaning up – and smiling and visiting while she soloed.

Outgoing, energetic and funny, she was active in many community organizations, including the Sitka Russian Dancers. She joined the group when it formed and performed multiple shows daily every summer, seldom missing a practice right up until the mandatory retirement age.

She sponsored Howey’s Nuggets softball team, and was a player for more than 20 years, while also taking part in women’s and couples bowling leagues.

“Mom was a true Sitka pioneer,” her family said. “She was a fun-loving, devoted and faithful member of the Sitka community. And though osteoporosis and age had an impact on her physically, her spirit and determination only increased with age.

“Her body eventually disintegrated (from) osteoporosis, but there was no quit in her. She simply refused to give up, and was constantly in search of means to repair her body.”

Her daily workouts at the gym were limited somewhat by COVID, but “she couldn’t wait to return again to her exercise routine, and literally frequented the gym ‘to her last day,’” her family said.

Betty is survived by her sons Bradley Howey (Edwina) of Lewiston, Idaho, and Bryan Howey (Dana) of Sitka;  grandchildren Ellexis Broschat (Andrew) of Sitka, Ashley Snooks (James) of Juneau, and Brent Howey, Talia Howey and Sarah Howey, all of Lewiston; and her sisters Patty Colton of Elma, Washington, Cheryl Paulsen, Debbie Sands and Roxanne Rowe, all of Iowa; and brother, Lance Rowe, of Iowa.

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At a Glance

(updated 1-12-22)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 11:55 am Wednesday.

New cases as of Friday: 2,512

Total statewide – 172,329

Total (cumulative) deaths – 955

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,337

Current Hospitalizations – 103

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 153 new COVID cases in the past 7 days. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 34

Cases in last 7 days – 153

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,531

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.





January 2002

Classified ads, Rentals: 3-bdrm. house on the beach. $900; 3-bdrm duplex, washer/dryer $945; Great downtown house, 2 bdrms., 2 baths, furnished,
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