Jessie Douglas Qualinaq, age 59, of Ambler, AK passed away October 27, 2020 peacefully in her home with her family by her side in Fairbanks.
Jessie was born to the late Charlie K Douglas and Bessie O Gray on January 18, 1961, in Ambler, AK. She graduated from Mt. Edgecumbe High Boarding School on May 17, 1980.
Jessie moved to Fairbanks, AK in 1981 where she attended UAF and met her lifelong partner, Lester Blackburn. Jessie and Lester decided to reside in Fairbanks and start a family. Jessie was a head housekeeper for 15 years for NANA Corporation in Prudhoe Bay, AK at Camp Milne Point. She was there at the time of the Exxon Valdez oil spill March 1989. She loved knitting, crocheting, and cooking meals for her family. Everyone remembers Jessie for her beautiful smile, contagious laugh, kindness and her great homemade hearty meals. She would never share her recipes! Jessie took great pride and put love into all her homemade meals, she was so kind and fed everyone. Nobody ever went hungry when she was around! She was a generous person and her door was always open to family members coming from the Village to visit.
Jessie is survived by her lifelong partner, Lester Blackburn, two children, Rose M. Douglas (Dustin) and Casey M. Baker (Tim), three grandchildren, Dante T. Spears, Lailah W. Deal, and Alainah R. Deal, brother, Morris Douglas, sisters, Emily Downey (Shield), Shirley Custer (Billy), and Karen Douglas (Darrell), the Blackburn family, a host of cousins, uncles, aunts, and friends.
Viewing will be held on Sunday, November 8, 2020 from 1:00-3:00 PM followed by Funeral Services at 3:00 PM at Blanchard Family Funeral Home, 611 Noble Street.
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