Iva Naomi Bolt Lisbourne

Well-known Inupiaq doll artist Iva Naomi Bolt Lisbourne, 72, of Tok died Oct. 7, 2009, at Providence Extended Care in Anchorage.

A funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Muldoon Chapel, 8000 E. 36th Ave., with a potluck celebrating her life to be held afterward. A visitation will be from noon until service time. A funeral will be held Oct. 17 in Barrow at the Presbyterian Church. The time will be announced. Burial will be at Barrow Cemetery.

Iva was born March 12, 1937, in Wainwright, the youngest of 15 children, to Richard Argasinya Bolt of Point Hope and Annie Kullaluk Aimaq of Nuvuk.

Once she decided to make Inupiaq dolls, she was blessed and became well-known. She felt that this was a gift from the Lord. She loved reading the Bible and the Book of Mormon. One of her favorite sayings was "Pray always."

Along with her husband, she loved Alaska's great outdoors. She loved camping, fishing, berry picking, traveling and seeing all her family and friends.

She loved to hear Inupiat stories and listen and dance to Inupiat music. She taught her children the ways of Inupiaq life, the stories, how to dance and speak Inupiat. She instilled in her children a love for their heritage, and this has been passed down to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Ken Lisbourne of Tok; and her children, Benny Spencer of Barrow, Cindy Van Wye of Colorado, Corinne McDonnell of Birchwood, Joseph Spencer of Anchorage, Vera Kasyulie of Bethel, Michael Stotts of Barrow, Theo (Alvin) Spencer Jr. of Birchwood, Flossie Spencer of Birchwood, Phillis Spencer of Anchorage, Clara Lisbourne of Anchorage, and special family friend Nadine Estes of Anchorage; her grandchildren, Dora and Crystal Spencer, Kacey Spurlock, Cory Spurlock, Jessi Spurlock, Kristen Kasayulie, Brandon Kasayulie, Scott Kasayulie, Chelsie Kasayulie, Brienna Stotts, Noami Stotts, Stephine Stotts, Michael Stotts Jr., Anthony Stotts, Evelyn Stotts, Joyce Stotts, Gabrial Stotts, Josie Coffman, Sara McDonnell, Bobby Joe Spencer, Jasmyn Spencer, Amanda Spencer, Celena Spencer, Sydney Belz, Alexander Lisbourne and Alyssa Ramos; and many great-grandchildren.

Published in the Anchorage Daily News, 10 October 2009, page A9.

Submitted by Corinne McDonnell

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