Angela Houston


March 11, 1964 - February 3, 2014

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Angela Marie (Miles) Houston, 49, of Eagle River, Alaska, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly from a pulmonary embolism on Monday, February 3, 2014 in Hilo, Hawaii while assisting her mother with medical treatments.

Angela was born March 11th, 1964 to Alexander Scott Keawe Miles, MD and Mary L Danfield in Omaha, Nebraska. After the families move and brief stay in Long Beach, CA she was then raised in Hawaii and graduated from Waiakea High School, Class of 1982. Angela was in the Honor Society, won multiple awards in the 4-H Hilo Horse Club, and was in the French Club, where she enjoyed exploring both the language and cuisine. She would often prepare French meals for friends and family to enjoy. She loved animals from the time she could walk and always had one or more furry companions with her, as she would for the rest of her life. Angela attended the Emily Danford School of Ballet and loved to fill her sketchbook with horses, cats, dogs and popular characters of film, fashion and music. Angela loved the sun, and would often cruise to Richardson's Beach on the Big Island in her black Jeep Wrangler for premium sunbathing opportunities. "Just 5 more minutes", she would say.

After high school, she was married to former spouse Troy Aaron Houston in 1982 (div. 2007). The birth of their daughter, Jessica Opal Houston followed shortly after in Hilo, Hawaii and they moved to Anchorage, Alaska. In addition to the arts, Angela also had a passion for the sciences. After her marriage and move to Alaska, Angela attended the Michigan State University Molecular Biology program, Anchorage Community College (class of 1986), and graduated University of Alaska Anchorage (class of 1995) Magna Cum Laude. She was a member of American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and had 10 plus years of continuing education. Angela worked at Humana (Alaska Regional) as a Medical Technician, Chemistry Supervisor and transitioned into Microbiology Supervisor at Providence Alaska Medical Center, where she has been for over 10 years. A quote from Angela on her job "I get to look at bacteria all day, it's the greatest!" Her favorite bacteria was erysipelothrix rhusopathiae, which she would practice pronouncing with friends and coworkers. She has traveled extensively for business and pleasure, including to inspect various other laboratories for quality standards and accuracy. She really enjoyed her frequent trips home to Hawaii, and was recently researching and cataloging her Hawaiian ancestry.

In Angela's spirit of giving, she donated to charities such as Humane Society, Friends of Pets, SPCA and St Jude's Children’s Hospital on a regular basis. She lived to help others, always putting their needs before her own. A recent auto decal bares the phrase “Live Aloha”, or in short, "Live Love". Angela enjoyed reading for continuing education and pleasure, gardening, kayaking, tennis, yoga, bunco, and her many close friendships and family. She was a very talented quilter, making beautiful, detailed blankets and wall hangings as gifts or auction items for good causes. Angela's final gift to others was a tissue donation, which was collected by Legacy of Life, Hawaii.

Angela was preceded in death by her father, Alexander Scott Keawe Miles, MD and numerous beloved pets.

Angela is survived by her daughter, Jessica Opal Houston and son in-law, Ryan Edward Mills of Anchorage, Alaska; mother, Mary L Danfield of Kapoho, Hawaii; sister, Rebecca Lehia Miles of Kapoho, Hawaii; sister, Sara Ku'uleialoha Miles of Oahu, Hawaii; the extended Houston family; numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and very close friends near and far; and her dearly beloved pets Bernie, Sissy and Ninja of Eagle River Alaska.

So many lives have been touched by Angela, and none will forget her warmth and smile. Aloha Oe, "Until we meet again"

A Celebration of life will be held 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014 on Angela's 50th birthday at the Bayshore Club House, 3131 Amber Bay Loop, Anchorage, AK 99515. Additional services will be held at the Isaac Hale family beach house in Pohoiki, Hawaii at a later date, her ashes will then be ceremonially scattered with family.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the above mentioned charitable organizations in Angela’s name.

Please visit Angela’s online guestbook, obituary and photos at www.AlaskanFuneral.com.