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September 1980 - March 18, 2016

Alissa Jo Elway passed away suddenly on March 18, 2016 in Mount Vernon, WA. She was born to Lem and Peg Elway on September 29, 1980 in Aberdeen, WA. Over the years, she also lived in Hoquiam and Anacortes, WA; Jacksonville, FL; and Plano, TX.

Alissa graduated from Anacortes High School in 1999; and earned an AA from South Puget Sound Community College in 2011, and BA in Psychology, Law and Justice from Central Washington University in 2013.

She worked as a rehabilitation Counselor for the State of Washington, was a 911 operator for eight years, and worked at C.A.R.E.

Alissa was a caring person. She always wanted to make sure you were okay. She had, to quote her cousin, a "wicked" sense of humor. You could always tell when she entered a room because the laughter would start. She had friends all over the world. Once you were her friend, you were her friend for life. She loved her family, especially her nieces and nephews.

Alissa was an athlete and especially enjoyed fast pitch softball. She loved photography, writing (had been published), and travel (went on many cruises, traveled to all but five states, and visited England, Wales and Ireland with her mom in 2010).

Alissa is survived by her parents; brother, Aaron (Laura) Elway, and their children, Tristan and Emersyn; and sisters, Angela (Dave) Garrity, and their children, Hannah and Jacob.

She was predeceased by grandparents, Neil and Enid Osborn, Lem and Dorothy Elway, and George and Enid Keaton.

Services will be held Saturday, June 11, 2016, 11:00 a.m. at Capital Christian Center, 4431 Martin Way, Olympia, WA 98516.

Memorial donations may be made to PTSD Foundation of America, PO Box 690748, Houston, TX 77269, or the Wounded Warrior Project, 2200 Alaskan Way, Suite 130, Seattle, WA 98121.

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Published in Skagit Valley Herald from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2016.
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April 15, 2019
I miss you so much
Monique Buechel
May 9, 2018
I miss you.
April 29, 2016
When Alissa worked with us at City of Plano, TX Public Safety Communications, we had 2 other girls with similar names. To distinguish Alissa, for some reason I started calling her Munchie. I'm not sure why, but she didn't mind and it just seemed to fit her. After that and through all the years, even after she moved back to WA, I called her Munchie. She was one of the funniest people I've ever met. We could never work a shift without landing in fall-out laughter over something she said or did. She always brought joy to the workplace and due to the nature of our jobs, that was a gift. RIP my little Munchie. It was an honor to know you. To the family, please accept my condolences.
Debbie Panduru
April 25, 2016
The world will never be the same. I have never laughed as hard as I have with you.
Monique Buechel
April 23, 2016
Lem and Peg, There are no words...but believe that we share your heartache. We salute a spunky and spirited young women that we will always remember with a smile. Lindy and Dale Smith
April 23, 2016
Alissa, the world has lost some of it's light since you left. You are greatly missed and we are all a better for having spent time with and knowing you.
Patricia Wolfe
April 21, 2016
You were always more than a cousin to me, you were a sister. We miss you so much Liss. Words cannot express the sorrow that will always be in my heart. See you again someday. I love and miss you.
Courtney Osborn
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