Ida Ruth “Tattoovik” Nakarak
Ida Ruth “Tattoovik” Takak was born on November 7, 1928 to Carl and Agnes Takak in Shaktoolik, Alaska. Ida went through grade school and furthered her education attending the Unalakleet Bible School. Ida worked as and election judge for many years and was a professional in her own way. She taught Sunday school for may years and was in the Covenant Choir. She prayed for many people, especially for those that went out when a Search and Rescue happened. She loved to sing EVERY morning whether she was hurting or not. She was our very own “song bird.”
She would go on squirrel hunting trips with her mom. While on a muskrat trapping trip with her parents, she met Andrew while he was traveling the same route, that’s when they started their relationship. Andrew and Ida decided to move to Elim in August 1967.
Subsistence was a way of life for her. Mom and dad taught us the subsistence way of life, which we still live today - enjoying our Native food. Season to season she picked greens, berries, fished, etc. She loved camping. She also loved receiving her Native food from the young and old alike, she would be so happy. Ida loved to read her Inupiat bible. Mom talked with God every day and would pray for all her children and grandchildren. She would name each and every one of them one by one - lifting them up to the Lord in prayer. We love you Mom!
Ida is survived by sister Helga Saccheus and brother Kenneth Takak; sons and daughters Jessie (Abraham) Anasogak, Peter, David, Bessie (Bill) Baxter, Josephine (Bob) Lynch, Morris (Lolita), Stanton, Gary (Josephine), Lewis (Genevieve), and Carla (Wesley Sr.) Ivanoff; along with 26 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, and eight great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Andrew Nakarak, sons Robert and Johnny Nakarak; grandsons David L. Peake and Garrett Nakarak; her parents Carl and Agnes Takak; sisters and brothers Morris, Ellen, Peter, Lynn, and Dan Takak.