Lisa Josephine Alba
Mar 8, 1961 – May 3, 2017
Our beloved daughter, mother, sister, cousin and friend, Lisa Josephine Alba, passed from this Earth on May 3rd at the age of 56. She had been diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer just five weeks earlier.
Lisa was born March 8, 1961 in Riverside, California, but spent her life in Federal Way, living just over the border in north Tacoma the past 20 years. Lisa received her joint BA and BS from Evergreen University and later earned her Masters in Zoology. She was a life-long learner and possessed an insatiable curiosity about the natural world. She was an avid advocate for animals – the stranger the critter, the better. She was a gardener extraordinaire and had recently developed an enthusiasm for cacti and succulents.
Lisa had many interests and was passionate about Star Wars, the Seahawks, the Mariners and the environment. She was a talented photographer, potter and scrap booker. She loved horror movies, reading, cooking, social media, the Oregon coast, tide pools and sea life, the aurora borealis, the desert, whales and Hawaii. She hated to fly but would make an exception for Florida or Hawaii. She enjoyed many road trips over the years, traveling to ComicCons, Star Wars Celebrations, National Parks and other places that piqued her interest. Her musical tastes were eclectic, but Hawaiian was her favorite. She loved and appreciated all aspects of David Bowie. She wrote Haiku, spoke on native plants, salmon, food preservation and wildlife with authority.
Lisa held many jobs over her lifetime including Waldenbooks Assistant Manager and most recently teacher of food preservation at The Center of Food Preservation Arts. She made the best pickles! She was active in the Fair Tradin’ Barter Community.
Lisa was the bedrock of her extended family. She never said no when asked for help. If one word could describe Lisa, it was KIND. As her sister, Jill, said, “Lisa was good all her life.” She is survived by her hanai son, Hunter Brooks Alba; her parents Judine and Terry Brooks and Marie and Joseph Alba; he sister, Jill, and step-siblings Amanda Brooks and Alex Brooks (Jake Haddon); and her beloved cousins Kelly and Michael Lovatt, Bill Buchanan, Sharon Steele and many other family members. Her friends and acquaintances are countless but her lifelong pals were Shannon and Buddy Finch, Heather Gibson and Isabelle Rauh. She leaves her dog Kola, five cats and assorted reptiles, always her favorite. She was preceded in death by her grandparents and her best dog ever, Shadow.
A Celebration of Lisa’s extraordinary life will be held June 11th from 1 to 4 pm at The Ruins, 570 Roy Street, in Seattle. A light lunch will be provided with testimonials presented at 2 pm. Please wear your best Hawaiian, Star Wars, Seahawks or Mariners shirt and bring your stories and memories to share.
Donations in her name to the ASPCA, Planned Parenthood, Heifer International, or any of your favorite animal charities would be appreciated.
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