Memorial For Dorothy Shinn, Daughter Of Ruth & Chief Harry Johns, On December 15th, 2021

CRNA Board Member Dorothy Shinn Worked In Numerous Local Organizations  Dorothy Shinn. (Photo, CRNA)  Dorothy Shinn, 73 years old, died Dece...

CRNA Board Member Dorothy Shinn Worked In Numerous Local Organizations 

Dorothy Shinn. (Photo, CRNA) 

Dorothy Shinn, 73 years old, died December 9th. A member of the Ahtna Udzisyu (Caribou) Clan, Dorothy was born on January 6th, 1948  into the large family of Ruth and Harry Johns. 

Ahtna Inc.'s Facebook site gave the following information on Dorothy Shinn's Anchorage Memorial service:

A visitation will be held Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. at the Anchorage Funeral Home (1800 Dare Avenue, Anchorage). Dorothy will take her final trip home after the visitation, with a planned departure of 10:30 a.m. There will be a small visitation again at Copper Center Community Chapel in Copper Center from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Dorothy will be laid to rest with her beloved husband Raymond at Fort Richardson at a time to be scheduled later. The family has requested to keep the visitations to family to help reduce risk. For those who are planning on attending, the family has requested for attendees to observe COVID protocols of social distancing and the wearing of masks. Please be understanding and cooperative of the family’s wishes.

An ardent proponent of Ahtna culture and education, Dorothy held the degree of Associate of Applied Science in Human Service from UAF. 

Over her lifetime, she worked for Ahtna Development Corporation, as a Behavioral Health Aide for CRNA and in other CRNA programs, and on a number of local boards and foundations, including the Ahtna Heritage Foundation, the Native Village of Tazlina, Cross Road Medical Center, KCAM and CRNA.

Outspoken and impassioned, Dorothy Shinn spoke her mind about various topics that were important to her, her family, Native peoples, and the community. 

The Copper River Native Association wrote upon her passing:

"She brought strength, wisdom and humor to the board room. In her leadership, she was passionate about education. She made a lasting impact on many of our tribal leaders today and is the influence behind our current youth programs."

Dorothy Shinn had four children: Ruth Ann, Laurel, Scott and Jolene. Her husband, Ray Shinn, died in 2002. 


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