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Eva Tennison (Keanu), 79


Eva, a longtime resident of Anchorage passed away peacefully of natural causes October 2012. Surrounded by her loving family at Alaska Regional Hospital. 

Eva was born in Petersburg to Jesse Woods, (Berkeley), Keanu and John Keanu Sr. on March 8, 1933. She attended Petersburg Elementary and attended high school at Sheldon Jackson Junior College graduating in 1953.

She loved basketball, being a cheerleader and song queen. She was often a soloist in the high school choir.

In 1953, she married her high school sweetheart Gary H. Tennison. In June, 2013 they would have celebrated their 60th anniversary.

Eva was known for her outgoing personality and her love for the Lord Jesus Christ. She freely shared her love and compassion at every opportunity. She was active with the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 87, Tlingit and Haida Tribal of Alaska and the Anchorage Native Assembly of God Church. She worked for the Anchorage School District and then became a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents Jesse Woods, (Berkeley) Keanu and John Keanu Sr., brothers Harry, James, John, Benjamin Berkeley, and David and John Jr. Keanu.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Gary H. Tennison, daughters Debra R. (Robert) Brown, Cynthia (Cindy) A. Vallejo (Allan) and Jessica (Dutchess) B. Knox (Steven) all of Anchorage; grandchildren, Justin, Carrie, Aaron and Nikki Brown of Minnesota. Zakry and Seth Knox, of Anchorage, Jennifer and Casey Kelley and James Vallejo of Juneau; great-grandsons, Caden Z. Knox, Lucas J. Vallejo and Dylan J. Brown; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family throughout Alaska.

On Saturday, October 20 at the Petersburg Lighthouse Assembly of God Church there will be visitation at 1:00 p.m. with a Celebration of Life at 2:00 p.m. and a potluck at 6:00 p.m.

Her final resting place will be in Petersburg.


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