Former resident Gina Smalley dies of COVID

Gina Rose Smalley, 52, died at her home in Chehalis, Washington, April 9. The cause was COVID-19, the family reports.

Born on Feb. 9, 1969, in Ketchikan, Gina later moved to Wrangell, where she raised her children with Jody Smalley and

worked at the hospital. She moved to Sitka in 2003 and continued to work with the elderly until 2020, when she moved to Chehalis and continued to work in home health care.

Survivors include her ex-husband, Jody Smalley, their daughter Danika-rae and son-in-law Lucas Shilts; grandchildren Mckenzie, Kevin, Chloe and Bobby; ex-partner Robert Rice and stepson Robert Rice Jr. and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Thomas, and grandchildren Zoey and Hunter; and honorary grandchild Kailyn McCutcheon.

Gina also leaves behind her brothers Bud and William Mather, and Joe Roth; sisters Marcella, Leanora and Anna Barton; and many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins, and her stepmother, Patricia Barton.

Gina is proceeded in death by her mother, Jeannie Watson; father, Fraser Mather; son, Robert "Bobby" Smalley; sister, Charlene Kissinger; and stepfather, Richard Barton. 


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