Pauline Williams Dies In Washington at 55

Dorothy Pauline Williams


Dorothy Pauline Williams passed away January 30, 2021, in the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle after a courageous battle with several health problems. She was 55.

Pauline was born in Sitka Oct. 31, 1965, the daughter of Father Michael and Emily (Marks) Williams. The family moved to Juneau, and after her high school graduation Pauline moved to Tacoma, Washington, where she obtained her commercial driver’s license as a truck driver.

She married Richard Hudson, and after starting a family they chose to return to her beloved Alaska to live a subsistence lifestyle in the Port Protection area on Prince of Wales Island.

She was very blessed in her motherhood and had unconditional love for her family and the countless numbers of kids who called her “mom” over the years.

Years later, she moved back to Juneau to a job she loved – being a Capital Transit Bus Driver – so she could meet new people.  She volunteered to drive her friends, family and acquaintances to help them shop, chat over coffee or get them to appointments. She was generous in helping others.

She is survived by her daughters, Leilani Williams, Rainy Hudson and  Raven Hudson; her son Regal Hudson; and numerous grandchildren.

She also is survived by siblings Billy, Sue, Edward, Gordon, Kevin, James, Howard, Leon and Tilly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard Hudson;   sons Royal Hudson and Roman Hudson; granddaughter Rikki Hudson; and siblings Robert, Natasha and Anita.

Funeral services and a celebration of her life will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral. A graveside service will be 2 p.m. at Sitka Memorial Park; and a celebration of her life will be at 3 p.m.  at Halibut Point Recreation Area. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish to share.

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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,
W/D, hardwood floors $850; 2-bdrm. roomy apartment $945..


January 1972

The City and Borough Assembly Tuesday approved an ordinance establishing a transportation committee to advise the assembly and promote transportation services for the municipality. Members are Cecil McClain, Ray Mabey, Clarence Kramer,
Dick Cushing and Burt Hansen.