Former Juneau resident Morissa Lou (Jampa) Williams died Dec. 23, 2008, in West Hartford, Conn. She was 50.
Born Jan. 22, 1958, in Newton, Mass., she attended Wellesley College and Johns Hopkins University and was a Juneau resident for five years.
Her family said she was a mother, poet and activist.
"A champion of the rights of people and animals, of peace and of Jewish spirituality, she found inspiration in people everywhere," they said. "She was blind to power and position and dedicated much of her adult life to standing up for those doing the right thing even though at times their causes were not popular or considered a priority by others. To her credit, she instilled these virtues in her son, Noah."
She is survived by her son, Noah Samuel Brakel Williams; mother, Esther Williams; brothers, Allan and Robert Williams; and sister, Rebecca Williams.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks to please honor her by donating to any cause in which you truly believe.
A memorial service will be held on Jan. 22 in West Hartford, Conn. Written testimony from friends are appreciated and will be read at the ceremony.
The family may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.