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Lisa Marie Bighill was born the third child of John and Aileen Alves on December 5, 1951
in Astoria, Oregon. She became the closest friend to her mom. Lisa attended school in Naselle, Washington. She learned about music and loved to sing.
Her operatic voice could be heard singing at the Naselle Assembly of God church that she
attended her whole life. She sang at festivals, weddings and funerals. She loved to sing
even around the house. Following graduation from Naselle high school she left for Kansas the next day to marry
the love of her life, Mike Bighill. They married in Kansas on June 20th, 1970. They were
still happily married at the time of her death. Lisa and Mike had two children: their son Tracy and daughter Adriennee. They raised the kids
in Mike's grampa Bighill's home on Whealdon Road in Naselle Lisa loved to cook. There was always plenty of food for anyone that stopped to visit.
She always had wonderful food cooking on the stove. She baked wonderful traditional
Finnish food; the house had the wonderful scent of cooking. One of Lisa's favorite things to do was host Cioppino parties. She loved serving the
seafood stew while listening to all of the friends and family visit in her home. Lisa had many jobs in the course of her life. She waited tables, shook crab, she worked
sales at Hildebrands in Astoria. She also worked as a seamstress at Custom Threads with her friend Eda.
In the 80's, Lisa followed in her granddad's footsteps and went to school to be a barber.
Her grandad was a barber in the Castro district of San Francisco. Lisa purchased Leo Saari's
shop in Naselle and continued to cut hair for many years. Lisa loved to sew. She made several wedding dresses and christening gowns through the years.
She recently had knitted over 150 stocking hats. She gave them away them away to anyone she
thought would like one. There were many baby blankets made over the years for little ones. Lisa loved her family, friends, and religion. She was very devout in her love of God.
She was always there for anyone that needed a helping hand or friend. They were known
for picking up hitchhikers, and making sure they left with a goodnight sleep and a full stomach. Lisa was always very proud of her Finnish heritage and she did large amounts of family history research.
She was always eager to talk about family history with anyone who was interested. She was the family
historian for many years and she had the family history of most of the families in Naselle. Lisa's smile and kindness will be missed by all those who's lives have been touched by her. Lisa is survived by her husband Mike, son Tracy and wife Bobbie-Jo, daughter Adrienne, granddaughter
Ahlena Green; numerous brother in law's and sisters in laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, and her brothers John and Don Alves. Her service will be held at Naselle Assembly of God Church on Knappton Road on Saturday
January 20th at 1 pm. Viewing will be Friday January 19th, 12 Noon to 6pm at Penttila's
Chapel by the Sea in Long Beach. There will also be a viewing at the Naselle Assembly of God
church Saturday morning starting at 11:30 am. Lisa will be interred at Peaceful Hill Cemetery
following the service. And a reception will be held at the church. Lisa's guestbook is available at www.penttilaschapel.com.
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