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NAHAKU RITA (BROWN) WILLIAMS
June 19, 1930 ~ May 7, 2012
Paeaina went home to our Lord, May 7th after eighty-one glorious and enriched years of ALOHA. She was born on June 19, 1930 to Benjamin "Tuna" Maikona and Adele Rikita Keola Brown. She came to the Northwest (Eugene, OR) in 1949 from the big island of Hawaii on scholarship to University of Oregon. This is when her transfer from the "Tropical Rains of Hilo" to the "Mountain Rain of the Northwest" began her memorable and beautiful journey.
During early 1970's, Paeaina became an elementary school teacher in the Vancouver Public School District and retired after 33 years. She continued substitute teaching in both Vancouver and Evergreen School Districts until 2009.
She remained very active in community affairs such as Women's Bible Study; Hawaiian Club; Mahjong Group with former teacher colleagues; as well as, enjoying the arts in the Portland/Vancouver community.
Paeaina is survived by her five children; Charles E. Williams III (Misha) of Winchester, CA, Paul Keola Williams of Vancouver, WA, Gregory Lono Williams (Katie) of Portland, OR, Haunani Adele Williams (joined our Lord three years ago), and Christine Iwalani Anderson (Antonio) of Tacoma, WA and their father, Charles E. Williams Jr.; and her grandchildren, Jonathan Kanealii Williams, Immanuel Pomaikai Anderson, Nathanael Kapono Anderson, Lonokai Roy Kaeo Williams, Kalani Mana Kaleo Williams; and the Brown Ohana "Family". Also she was lovingly called Auntie Paeaina by her maternal and extended family from her homeland of Hawaii.
A memorial service is being held on Sat., May 12, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at First Church of God, 3300 NE 78th Street, Vancouver, WA 98665.
Vancouver Funeral Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements.
Please view or sign her guest books at www.vancouverfuneralchapel.net and www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on May 11, 2012