Lisa Kay Mead
Nov 10, 1956 – Aug 7, 2015
Lisa Kay MEAD
Lisa Mead was born on November 10, 1956, the child of Jack and Jane Stockman. Lisa had one sibling, a younger sister named Lexis, who now resides in Klamath Falls Oregon, with her husband Robert Washburn and their young son Manny. Lisa grew up in Southern California and graduated from Monrovia High School in 1974.
While in high school, Lisa met Patrick Mead. Lisa and Pat both attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, and they were married in Santa Cruz on August 31, 1979.
After receiving their degrees from UCSC, Lisa and Pat moved to Seattle, Washington. Lisa worked first in the insurance industry and later assisted in computer-aided design at Honeywell, while Pat went to work for the American Arbitration Association. Lisa gave birth to the couple's first child, Jeffrey, on October 10, 1988. She stayed at home with Jeff, and gave birth to the couple's second son, Benjamin, on February 7, 1991.
Pat became a Vice President in the American Arbitration Association and accepted the challenge of running the Association's Los Angeles Regional Office in 1996. The family relocated to Laguna Niguel, California. Lisa became very active at Hidden Hills Elementary School, the public school her boys attended. Lisa was deeply impressed by the skills and dedication of the faculty there. She began to have an interest in developing a new career in public education.
After Pat accepted a position to run an Internet start-up in the year 2000, the family returned to the Seattle area and settled in Maple Valley. More determined than ever to teach, Lisa entered a Master's Degree program in Kent, Washington which was run by Eastern Washington University. Lisa received her Master's Degree in Education in 2004, and later passed the Professional Certification for teachers in the State of Washington. Lisa became a full-time teacher in the Kent School District, initially at Scenic Hill Elementary, and for a decade at Martin Sortun Elementary, a wonderful school where she was very proud to be a part of the faculty. Lisa taught first grade and helped many young children fall in love with learning. Lisa was also a school representative for the Kent Education Association, and Lisa was passionate about advancing the interests of members of the teaching profession.
Both of Lisa's sons went on to college, Jeff earning a degree from Western Washington University, and Ben from the University of Washington. Lisa was very proud of her sons and of her profession. She enjoyed the beauty of the Northwest, and the occasional chance to travel to new destinations, like New Orleans (where she danced in a second line parade) and Puerto Vallarta (where helped a nature preserve release baby sea turtles into the ocean). Most of all she enjoyed being with her friends and family, enjoying their companionship and simple pleasures.
In the late Spring of 2015, Lisa became ill with what was initially diagnosed as pnuemonia. Lisa fought the illness hard and kept teaching every day, through the last day of school on June 18. On June 19, Lisa was admitted to the hospital at Valley Medical Center, where she was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer in her lungs, bones, and lymph nodes. Lisa struggled bravely, undergoing constant tests, chemotherapy, radiation, and several surgeries. Despite weeks of state-of-the-art medical intervention, the spread of the cancer simply outpaced the best available treatments. Lisa died peacefully at Valley with her family at her bedside at 10 pm on Friday August 7, 2015.
A private family service will take place at Lisa's graveside, as she is laid to rest on Friday August 21, at the Holyrood Cemetery in Shoreline, Washington. A public celebration of Lisa's beautiful life will take place the following afternoon at a private home in Auburn.
Donations to the family to are being accepted, and Lisa's family also encourages donations in Lisa's memory to Martin Sortun Elementary School in Kent, to education-related programs like "Donors Choose," and to any charities of your choosing.
Lisa's life was cut short with shocking speed by a terrible disease, but it was a life lived exceptionally well, filled with beauty and achievement, and Lisa lives on in the hearts of so many who knew and loved her, and in the hopes and aspirations of her first grade students.
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