|Birth: ||Jan. 18, 1953|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Mar. 3, 2006|
San Diego County
Sociologist Dancer Teacher. She was known as a woman with a deep commitment, inspiration and a role model for those who wanted to stay healthy, happy and positive. Stricken with Type I Diabetes at age 19, she dedicated her life to help others through her work as a diabetes educator until the disease claimed her life. After high school, she went to Pasadena City College, became a registered dental hygienist in 1973 and maintained a deep interest in dance cultures. During her years as a hygienist, she worked in California, Switzerland and Greece, developing speaking proficiency in English, French, German and Greek. While in Greece she developed a passion for Belly Dancing and taught American service women exercise and dance. As a professional bellydancer stage name "Aleia", she made her own costumes, performing at numerous events and restaurants. Recognized as leader in the belly dance community, she taught belly dance classes and was a writer for "SAMEDA" a monthly dance magazine. In 2002, she received a BS in Humane Development from California State, University at San Marcos and a Master's Degree in Sociology in 2005. As a member of the National Socioloigical Society, she served as a public speaker/educater for the Taking Care Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) organization, volunteered her time and spent numerous hours on events to educate the public about the disease. In local community health issues, Fallbrook was one of the communities that benefited. She worked for over three years with the CATCH committee to develop and implement the Fallbrook Childhood Diabetes Prevention Project. She also wrote the Healthy Living column for the Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News and was an activist for animal rescue programs as well. Her contributions to the community in health education, good will and the dance arts are boundless. Her life was a testimony of accomplishments performed for the service and good of others.
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Mar 13, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13603515