|Name:||Marie Smith Jones|
|Birth Day:||May 14, 1918|
|Death Date:||Jan 21, 2008 (age 89)|
As per our current Database, Marie Smith Jones died on Jan 21, 2008 (age 89).
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She was a full-blooded member of the indigenous Alaskan Eyak tribe, who fished in the waters that the Exxon Valdez tanker spilled oil into.
Jones married a fisherman, William F. Smith, on May 5, 1948. Although she had nine children with Smith, they did not learn to speak Eyak due to the social stigma associated with it at the time. She moved to Anchorage in the 1970s. So that a record of the Eyak language would survive, she worked with linguist Michael E. Krauss, who compiled a dictionary and grammar of it. Her last older sibling died in the 1990s. Afterwards, Jones became politically active, and on two occasions she spoke at the United Nations on the issues of peace and indigenous languages. She was also active regarding environmental Indian issues, including clearcutting. Jones suffered from alcoholism earlier in her life, but gave up drinking while in her early 50s; she remained a heavy smoker until her death. She died of natural causes on January 21, 2008 at age 89 at her home in Anchorage.
Currently, Marie Smith Jones is 104 years, 0 months and 9 days old. Marie Smith Jones will celebrate 105th birthday on a Sunday 14th of May 2023.
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