Beloved friend, community supporter, mother, "Grandma T," daughter and aunt, Tina Pullar, lost a courageous and long battle with cancer on Thursday, March 4. Known for her gentle, kind and loving spirit, Tina was also known for her love of high heels (preferably blue), a great fit-and-flare floral dress, cheeseburgers, traveling, her constant four-legged companion (Zoe) and old movies.
Tina invested her time, talent and treasure in her Skagit community: she served on the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Board of Directors (including Board President) for seven years and was a dedicated La Conner Tulip Frolic Parade volunteer for five years; Burlington Chamber Board of Directors for five years; Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County (EDASC) volunteer (Volunteer of the Year in 2012); volunteer for the Berry Dairy Days Parade for four years; plus gave generously of her time to many other organizations and events. A constant presence at multi-chamber events, Tina always said "yes" when asked to help.
Born on September 2, 1964, in Oakland, California, to Joyce Akiyoshi and Cheno Paz, Tina graduated from Berkeley High School in 1982.
Tina's son, Eddie Pullar, was born in Mount Vernon in 1984. Eddie was the love of Tina's life and she embraced his wife, Sarah Cook and her role as "Grandma T" to her three grandchildren: Noah, 15; Charles, age eight; and Oliver, age four.
Tina considered Sarah her angel for taking her to most of her doctor and treatment appointments and that she was always by her side to provide strength, love and encouragement.
In 2013, Tina participated in Leadership Skagit, an immersion program for Skagit County leaders. Through this process, she yearned for a career change after 30 years in the hospitality business.
Tina found a new and rewarding career as an advertising consultant with Skagit Publishing serving the Burlington and Sedro-Woolley communities. Tina loved interacting within the community and her consultative role helping small businesses succeed and flourish.
Tina is survived by her son, Eddie, his wife, Sarah, and their three children, Noah, Charlie and Oliver of Blaine; her mother, Joyce Akiyoshi, of Berkeley, CA; her niece Kahdija Wells of Arizona; and her niece, Erin Flefel and husband, George, and their six children, of Bellingham.
Tina was preceded in death by her father, Cheno Paz, in 2019. His wife, and Tina's "bonus mother," Danielle Putnam, of La Jolla, CA, also survives Tina.
Danielle was always such a special person in Tina's life and she was grateful for her deep love of her father. Tina is also survived by a large circle of devoted friends.
Tina's favorite bible verse was Mathew 7:12 "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Tina, your goodness and kindness exemplified the Golden Rule. God and the angels have welcomed you home, although your earthly friends and family will miss your heavenly presence on this earth.
"If I should go tomorrow, it would never be goodbye. For I have left my heart with you, so don't you ever cry. The love that's deep within me, shall reach you from the stars. You'll feel it from the heavens, and it will heal the scars."
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in Tina's memory: 311 W. Kincaid Street/PO Box 1784, Mount Vernon, WA 98273, (360) 428-5959.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald on Mar. 10, 2021.