Alley chose to leave this world on May 10th, 2014. She was always off to try new things and move to new places, and now she has moved to a place where she feels safe. She is survived by her sister, Johanna Pfister; her brothers Dylan and Julian Pfister; her mom, Janiece Sandwater; her dad Alexander Pfister; her grandparents, Alexander and Georgia Pfister; her grandfather's Barry Stieb and Jim Short; her nephews Silas and Skye, and niece Sahria. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Julie Stieb. She also has many aunts, uncles and cousins who adored her. Alley was born in her grandmother's home in Berrien Springs, MI. From birth, she was happy and content, announcing several times that she would always live with mom and dad. She was a natural first-born leader, and her brothers and sister would look to her for direction. At Meridian High School, Alley excelled academically, finishing 5th in her class as a National Honor Roll Society Member and was a member of the band. She ran cross country and played soccer throughout middle school. Her greatest love was to play and be around music. She played the flute, drums, and bass guitar. In high school, she took flute lessons, performed recitals along with competing, and played for three years with the North Sound Youth Symphony. She always gave music a special place in her heart. While attending college, Alley purchased and ran a Georgio's Sub shop in Tumwater. Her hard work and kindness won her many loyal customers. In 2012, she graduated from Evergreen University with a B.S. in environmental business, and last August she used her degree to get a job at Custom Source Woodworking in Olympia, as a Project Accountant, where she worked until she died. We will always remember her spirit to be free and ever changing. Each time we saw her, she would have a new hair style or color, a new job, a new place to live, a different car. The only thing she never changed was that she was a life-long vegetarian. She was courageous in her independence, yet wasn't happy living alone. We never realized how fragile she was in this area. Our family is much too small without her. We are so grateful for the time she gave us and will forever be changed by the gift she gave of herself. A service for Alley will be held at the Ferndale Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2488 Mountain View Rd., at 2 pm on Sunday, May 18th, for anyone who would like to attend.
Published in Bellingham Herald from May 15 to June 13, 2014