Death: 30 September 1971, in New
Columbia, Canada, aged 82.
Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Notes: Pung-i was a Chukchi,
a people indigenous to Far Eastern Siberia. She was given the Western
name "Jessie" presumably in honour of her mother-in-law Jessie Ann
Turner. In 1927, she
escaped Communist rule with her family by crossing the Bering
Strait in kayaks, landing in Alaska. They lived for a period
in Nome, Alaska, then Seattle, Washington and eventually moved to
Surrey, British Columbia. Canadian Immigration records their arrival in
Vancouver, British Columbia on 28 November 1927.
Birth: from document written
provided by Deanna Matthews .'Jesse Carpendale (Pung-i) Born South
Head, N.E. Siberia, May 1st 1889, British Subject' . The "British
Subject" confuses me a bit, but I guess this refers to her status after
her marriage even though the rest of the note seems to refer to her
birth. Pung-i's last name from Rodger Lee.