Elizabeth Partolan-Fray

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ELIZABETH PARTOLAN-FRAY September 15, 1948 - August 2, 2016 Resident of Ferndale, WA Elizabeth Partolan-Fray, 67, passed away from natural causes. Elizabeth (Liz) was born in Palo Alto, California to Ramon Partolan and Pacita Soriano on September, 15, 1948. She attended Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto and was part of the first graduating class of 1966. She earned a BS degree in Sociology from San Jose State University and an MS degree from Western Washington University in Counseling Psychology. In 1971 she married Fred Tanner. They served in the Peace Corps in Swaziland, Africa, in 1971-1973 and in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1975-1977. They moved to Bellingham WA in 1977 where she raised her children. She met Shawn Fray in 1984 and they were married in 1990. She loved working with international students at Western Washington University for over 35 years, first as a counselor, then as Director of International Programs & Exchanges. She was a long-time advocate for international education, study abroad, and for increasing the diversity of U.S. students who study abroad. Liz was outgoing and had numerous friends. Her joys in life included traveling, dancing, Zumba, cooking and especially spending time with her family. Liz is preceded in death by her parents, Ramon and Pacita, her sister Janet Partolan-Callahan, niece Darcy Partolan-Callahan. Liz is survived by her husband, Shawn Fray; her children Matthew Tanner of San Jose CA, Casimira (Tanner) Robles (Michael) of Bellingham WA, Maura (Fray) Mehler (Chad) of Ferndale WA; her sisters Angelita (Paul Barron) Partolan of Anacortes WA, Rosemarie Partolan of Santa Clara CA, Evelyn (Randy) Aguon of Palo Alto CA, Francine Partolan of Mountain View CA; granddaughters Alyssa In, Malaya Robles and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Liz was loved by many, and she will truly be missed. Friends and colleagues are invited to the Funeral Mass on Friday, August 12 at 10:30 am at St Joseph Catholic Church, 5781 Hendrickson Ave, Ferndale, WA 98248. A celebration of life will be on Saturday, August 13 at 3:00 pm at Fox Hall, 1661 W Bakerview Rd, Bellingham, WA 98226 See online obituray at http://whatcomcremationandfuneral.com/obituaries
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St Joseph's Catholic Church
5781 Hendrickson Ave
Ferndale, WA 98248
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Published in Bellingham Herald on Aug. 10, 2016
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