UAA student Alicia Marie Heath died Jan. 20, 2002, at Providence Medical Center as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident. She was 20.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Ms. Heath was born Dec. 24, 1981, in Fairbanks. She graduated from Kenai Central High School in 2000. She attended Central Queensland University in Australia and was a student at UAA at the time of her death.
She lived in Fairbanks from 1981 until 1983, when she moved to Kenai, where she lived until 2000, when she moved to Anchorage. She was a teacher in the 3-year-old class at Klever Kids from 2001 until 2002. She also worked at Kenai River Raven Bed and Breakfast during the summers of 2000 and 2001, and at the Kenai Peninsula Blood Bank in Soldotna from 1998 to 2000.
She was a member of Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Kenai and received two scholarships for foreign study in Australia and France.
Her family said, "Alicia was a beautiful, bright young woman who joyfully embraced life. She was always a very giving person and a natural helper. Alicia demonstrated this spirit throughout her life in so many ways -- by teaching her class of 3-year-olds, tutoring younger students throughout her high school years and helping family and friends in any way she could. Even in death, she gave the gift of a better life to numerous recipients through organ donation. All who knew and loved Alicia remember her great sense of humor, thoughtfulness toward others and her zest and eagerness to experience life. She will be missed more than words can say."
Ms. Heath is survived by her parents, Bill and Monica; siblings Patrick, Elizabeth and Hannah Heath of Kenai; grandparents Paul Hurd of Vermont and Bob and Molly Heath of Texas; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends from around the world.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother Toni Hurd.
At the family's request, memorial donations can be made to the Alicia Heath Memorial Fund at Key Bank, P.O. Box 100420, Anchorage, Alaska, 99510-0420, Attn: Jana.
Arrangements were by Witzleben Family Funeral Homes and Crematory.
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