Magdalene Qesginga Kulukhon Irrigoo
Former Gambell and Nome resident, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and auntie Magdalene Qesginga Kulukhon Irrigoo, died in Anchorage at 8:20 a.m. on June 8, 2019 after a long illness.
Born to Lawrence and Rosie Kulukhon and raised in Gambell, she married Bernard Sr. and the two moved to Nome together in the 1960s for education and job opportunities, when Walton and Marilyn were toddlers. The couple had four more children in Nome, and helped to raise many children whom she loved as her own.
She loved to sew, gather traditional foods and pass on her knowledge to the younger generations. She opened her heart and home to any in need. She was a foster mother, caregiver and loved all. A faithful servant to the Presbyterian Church since she was young, she taught anyone who would listen about faith and the love of God. Maggie was friend to everyone. She dedicated her life to helping those in need. Maggie had a heart of great faith and love, which she passed down to her children. Through faith, we know that we will see Maggie again, and she is no longer suffering and is free from pain in God’s loving arms.
She is survived by children Walton and Bernard Jr.; and daughter Marilyn, sons-in-law Troy Johnson and Maurice Nattanguk, and daughter Connie. She has many other children she considered her own across the state and Outside. She is also survived by grandchildren Lawrence, Nicholas and Christopher; Kristina, Tatiana, Jenelle, Amanda, Rachel and Willa. In-laws Amelia, Delia, Paul, Yuung, Hanson, and Crunch.
Maggie was preceded in death by her beloved sons Ronald and Kevin; husband Bernard Sr., parents Lawrence and Rosie Kulukhon; and in-laws Clarence Sr. and Mildred Irrigoo; and granddaughter Christine.
A memorial will be held at Anchorage First Presbyterian Church Chapel at 616 West 10th Avenue on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 1 p.m. Celebration of Life follows immediately in the church eating area. As she wished, Maggie will be cremated, and her ashes spread on St. Lawrence Island and Nome.