Lia Zito

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Lia Zito, 36, of Seattle, Wash., formerly of Fairbanks, Alaska, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2014.

She is survived by her mother, Kathleen Davies, her sister, Ann Olson, and her father, Bill Zito.

Lia was born in Fairbanks, Alaska where she graduated from West Valley High School. She also spent time living in Honolulu HI, Juneau AK, and Anchorage AK before returning home to the Fairbanks/North Pole area. She moved down to Seattle just last summer.

Lia played and taught Irish fiddle. She was passionate about using music to bring enjoyment to others' lives.

At the time of her death Lia had many recording and teaching related projects she was working on, including CDs of Irish fiddle music and fiddle teaching books. It was her wish that if she died before completing these projects, that the current versions be made freely available so that they might benefit other music teachers and musicians.

From a young age Lia sought out her own personal relationship with her Creator, and at 15 was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses (the only member of her family to do so). Throughout her life, her association with Jehovah's Witnesses brought her a deep sense of community, and her faith in the Bible's promise of a future paradise earth helped her to cope with whatever she was going through. Actively sharing her hope with others throughout her adult life, she even spent 2 years learning the Hmong language to help bring the Bible's message of hope to the Hmong community in Anchorage, Alaska.

Her friends have posted photos on Flickr from Lia's life for those who would like to remember her.

Memorial details will be shared later.

Published in Anchorage Daily News from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2014