Wilma J. Tisch of Anchorage Alaska went to be with the Lord on the evening of Feb. 2, 2020.
Wilma was born to Richard O. Myers and Eda Gilliland Myers on April 8, 1932, in Grand Junction Colorado. She was the youngest of three daughters, Richie, Edona, and Wilma, and part of the family that came to Alaska in 1936.
Wilma leaves behind three children; her oldest son Richard Tisch, her devoted son David Tisch and her daughter Debra Quinn
Other surviving family members include her sister, Edona Stockton of Prescott Arizona; her two nieces, Linda Stockton Pysher, Janis Stockton Galarneau; and her nephew, Greg Giardina.
Wilma has three grandsons, Ryan Quinn, Rick Quinn and Frank Quinn. She also has many wonderful great-grandchildren.
Wilma was a vibrant, independent woman with a passion for life. She was always in pursuit of another experience, a little more fun, or a new adventure. Wilma believed in living life to the fullest. She made friends easily and people did not forget her.
Wilma’s love of life took her on travels around the world; from heli-skiing in the mountains of Austria to scuba diving in Belize, her adventurous nature always hungered for more. Wilma was an exceptional competitive athlete. She participated in local, national, and international ski competitions where she won numerous trophies, ribbons, and awards. She shared her love of skiing by volunteering and teaching wounded veterans, special needs children and adults.
She often recalled her fondest memories of being a tag-a-long little girl (known as Billie-Jo) going fishing with her dad. Wilma loved Alaska, all of outdoors, and everything it offered.
Wilma was raised in Seward and graduated from Seward High School in 1949. She attended the University in Denver Colorado then returned home to Alaska.
Wilma was proud, stubborn, and a constant source of strength for her children. She loved her family and friends with all her might.
Her physical body declined but her heart and bold spirit never did.
Wilma would not want us to remember her with sadness or tears. The next time you feel the wind in your face remember Wilma’s laughter, joy, and love of life. Her memory and love of life will forever live in the hearts of others.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held this summer, at a date to be announced.