On Tuesday, June 15, 2021, Maryam Arlette House passed away in Anchorage, Alaska at the age of 70.
Maryam was born on January 13, 1951 to Galen and Lottie Gray. She grew up on her parent's homestead in Nikiski, Alaska.
Maryam graduated from Kenai Central High School. She earned an associate and bachelor's degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage. Her studies were in Human Services with an emphasis in disabilities.
Maryam always worked more than one job at a time. For years she worked nights delivering newspapers. After receiving her associate degree, Maryam worked for the Anchorage School District as a special education teacher assistant. Once she received her bachelor's degree, she began substitute teaching. Most recently, she worked as a personal care attendant for individuals with disabilities. Gifted in working with some of the most challenging students, including those experiencing Autism and behavior disorders, Maryam was sought after by school principals familiar with her skills.
When working at various schools, Maryam was known for taking on large-scale fundraising projects, often a one-woman effort. At West High, her recycling endeavors provided significant support to the science program. She could be seen climbing into garbage bins to retrieve aluminum cans. Maryam headed fundraising for a self-contained school for students with special needs.
Maryam House was a beloved member of her community and an inspiring matriarch to her family. She spent her life caring for others around her. Her work with special needs children was a true testament to the beauty of her spirit. She touched the lives of many people throughout the years who will never forget her. Maryam helped so many people find a sense of stability in her firm grasp and enduring patience. Friends knew they could count on her no matter what they needed. She would help others find their way through her sheer will and tenacity.
Maryam was preceded in death by her parents, Galen and Lottie Gray, her brother, Gary and her son Harry "Rick." She is survived by her daughter, Christa and son, Javin; grandchildren, Conor, River, Harry "Derick", Hannah and Aili; brother, Arle; sisters, Karma, Sabia, Tawna and Tami.
Published by Peninsula Clarion on Jul. 21, 2021.