Maira Alberts DiJulio
April 24, 1946 – June 7, 2019
Maira Alberts DiJulio, 73, of Seattle, passed away peacefully June 7th, 2019 with family by her side.
She was born in Ravensburg, Germany on April 24th, 1946 while her parents and older brother were in a displaced persons camp awaiting immigration to the United States from their home country of Latvia. Upon entering the United States via New York, Maira’s family first settled with sponsors in Tacoma and then finally Mercer Island.
She graduated from Mercer Island High School and went on to college obtaining degrees in Interior Design from the University of Washington as well as a Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies from the University of West Los Angeles.
Maira married Joe DiJulio on January 3rd, 1981 and after spending 13 years in the legal field, decided to begin devoting all of her time to advocating on behalf of the community in which she lived and for causes of which she was passionate.
Some of those passions in her life included volunteering for the Highline School District (i.e., Washington State PTSA chairperson, Highline Council PTSA legislative chairperson, Picture Person Program Coordinator, Levy / Bond advisory committees, superintendent search group, community advisory committees, etc), King County Block Watch (i.e., served as Program Captain), running for public office (i.e., Washington State Legislature, 34th Legislative District, House Position 2 in 1996), as well as her church (i.e., Camp Teacher at Pleasant Valley Christian Camp via West Seattle Christian Church).
As a result of her volunteer efforts, Maira received many accolades including the Washington State PTA Golden Acorn Award (1994), PTA Outstanding Service Award from Shorewood Elementary, and the DAR Good Citizen Award among many others. But above all else, Maira was most proud of being a wife, mother, and grandmother.
Preceded in death by her Father, Uga Alberts and her mother, Mirdza Lazdins (Kerpe), she is survived by her husband Joe of 38 years, son Joey Vito (wife Nacole) of Burien, daughter Lani of Seattle, two grandchildren, and brother Ulvis Alberts of Riga, Latvia.
Per her wishes, Maira will be interred at Calvary Cemetery (Seattle) in a private ceremony on June 17th, 2019.