Alisa Baird Vail

  • "To the Vail Family: Our son, Evan Wilsey, had Mrs Vail for..."
    - Evan Wilsey and Family
  • "in your memory... Hope & love to your family & many friends"
    - Barbara Okel
  • "Our prayers and thoughts are with Alisa's loved ones. Hope..."
    - Hope Murray
  • "Dear Andy and Family, I'm so sorry to hear of Alisa's..."
    - Sheila Palomo
  • "To Andy and family, may the love of friends and family..."
    - Greg Warren

September 1, 1974 ~ June 23, 2016

There are rare and special individuals in this world who transcend the roles they live - mother, wife, daughter, grand-daughter, niece, cousin, teacher, friend. One of those was Alisa Baird Rasmussen Vail, who passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016. At age 41, cancer stole her from us far too soon, but her vibrant personality, abundant generosity, infectious laughter and boundless depths of love have left an indelible legacy.

Alisa was born in Vancouver, WA on September 1, 1974, the second daughter of Laurie (Lightheart) and Victor Rasmussen. After graduating from Camas High School in 1992, she received a degree in human development and elementary education from Warner Pacific College and master's in education from Washington State University Vancouver.

After being friends for many years, Alisa began dating the love of her life, Andy, in the summer of 2004; the couple wed the following year. They took the utmost pride in raising their two daughters, Annabelle (17) and Abrielle (Abbie, 8).

Alisa had spent the past 17 years employed by the Washougal School District, at Hathaway Elementary and Gause Elementary respectively.

Alisa is survived by husband Andy; daughters Annabelle and Abrielle; parents Laurie and Victor Rasmussen; sister Amée Rasmussen; grandfather Paul Dailey,;in-laws Karen and Gary Vail; niece Hailey Vail and numerous great-aunts, great-uncles, aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grand-parents Shirley Lightheart Dailey, Allen Lightheart, Anna Rasmussen and Harry Rasmussen.

A celebration of life open-house service will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Pearson Air Museum. The family invites guests to write down a favorite memory about Alisa and bring it to the service. The collected notes will be shared with the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at any branch of iQ Credit Union to the Alisa Vail Memorial fund.

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Published in The Columbian on July 3, 2016
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