Angela Marie (Miles) Houston, 49
Angela Marie (Miles) Houston, 49, of Eagle River, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly from a pulmonary embolism on Feb. 3, 2014 in Hilo, Hawaii, while assisting her mother with medical treatments.
Mrs. Houston was born March 11, 1964 to Alexander Scott Keawe Miles, Maryland, and Mary L Danfield of Omaha, Neb. After the family’s brief stay in Long Beach, Calif., she was then raised in Hawaii and graduated from Waiakea High School, Class of 1982.
Mrs. Houston 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.
After high school, she was married to former spouse Troy Aaron Houston in 1982 (the couple divorced in 2007). The birth of their daughter Jessica Opal Houston followed shortly after in Hilo, Hawaii, and they later moved to Anchorage. In addition to the arts, Mrs. Houston 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.
Mrs. Houston was a member of American Society of Clinical Pathologists and had 10 plus years of continuing education. She worked at Humana (Alaska Regional) as a medical technician and chemistry supervisor and transitioned into microbiology supervisor at Providence Alaska Medical Center, where she worked for over 10 years.
According to her family, Mrs. Houston often said, “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.
Mrs. Houston traveled extensively for business and pleasure. She enjoyed frequent trips home to Hawaii and was researching and cataloging her Hawaiian ancestry.
Her family said, “Angela 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 five more minutes,’ she would say.
Mrs. Houston donated to charities such as Humane Society, Friends of Pets, SPCA and St Jude’s Children’s Hospital on a regular basis.
Mrs. Houston enjoyed reading for continuing education and pleasure, gardening, kayaking, tennis, yoga, bunco, and spending time with friends and family.
Her family said, “She lived to help others, always putting their needs before her own. Her final gift to others was tissue donation through Legacy of Life Hawaii.
Mrs. Houston was preceded in death by her father, Alexander Scott Keawe Miles, and numerous pets.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jessica Opal Houston and Ryan Edward Mills of Anchorage; 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; friends; and her pets Bernie, Sissy and Ninja, of Eagle River.
A celebration of life will be held 5 p.m. March 11, 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, when her ashes will be ceremonially scattered with family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to above mentioned charitable organizations in Mrs. Houston’s name.
Mrs. Houston’s obituary and online guestbook can be viewed at www.AlaskanFuneral.com.