Teresa Joann Williams was born on September 12, 1962, in Bellingham, Washington, to Bernard and Lorraine Quiram. She passed away on June 25, 2014, from Leukemia. Teresa grew up in Lynden and graduated from Lynden High School in 1980 and went on to join the US Navy where she spent most of her tour in Southern California. During her tour she met, and eventually married her husband, David Williams. They were married on September 12, 1984, and had two children, Alain and Erin. Teresa moved back to Bellingham and returned to school, receiving her AAS from Whatcom Community College as well as her Bachelor's in Science from Western Washington University. With her job she was able to travel to Anchorage, AK, to help expand her employer's business and fell in love with that area, and in 2006 she made the choice to move there. She continued her education at the University of Alaska Anchorage and received her Masters in Business Administration in 2013 and her Masters in Science, Science Management, in 2014, choosing to walk at the 2014 graduation ceremony. In her free time, she enjoyed reading books, watching cartoons with her granddaughter and keeping up to date with the Tour de France, as well as keeping her math skills up-to-date by doing calculus problems for fun on her whiteboard. She participated regularly with her church in Anchorage, and volunteered to do multiple vacation bible school trips to the remote village of Nunaptichuk, in Eastern Alaska by the city of Bethel. In January of 2012 she was diagnosed with Leukemia and spent her time between Anchorage and Seattle (either at the UW Medical Center or the VA Hospital). After two years of fighting, the Leukemia could no longer be treated, and she chose to live her remaining time in Alaska, which she loved. She is survived by her children, Alain and Erin, as well as her granddaughter Karmen. She is also survived by her siblings Tim Quiram, Tammy Quiram-Schinske and Donald Bailey. She was predeceased by her parents, Bernard in 2012 and Lorraine in 2013. There will be a graveside memorial at Moles Greenacres Memorial Park (corner of Northwest and Axton Roads) on July 31, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. Moles Farewell Tributes - Greenacres www.farewelltributes.com
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Published in Bellingham Herald from July 27 to Aug. 25, 2014