Tamera K. Grahn Flores, 47, passed away March 14, 2014 in Coburg, Ore. after a three year battle with breast cancer.
Tamera was born June 27, 1966 in Tacoma, Wash. She grew up in Rainier, Wash. and graduated from high school there. She attended Lacey Beauty College in Lacey, Wash. and then attended Evergreen College in Tumwater, Wash. where she earned a bachelor of science degree.
She worked as a hair dresser in Tacoma and Seattle, and managed a health food store in Kauai, Hawaii.
She loved hiking, cross-country skiing, gardening, cooking and traveling.
Always up for adventure, Tamera answered an ad for a sailing crew to sail to Hawaii, where she and four other inexperienced friends and the captain of the boat sailed from Port Angeles for two weeks, and then landed on the beach of Kauai, Hawaii. She lived there for six years. In Hawaii she worked on a coffee plantation, picking coffee beans before she found a job managing a deli in a health food store in Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii. She would periodically fly to the mainland to work in a traveling food booth called “Get Fried Rice” at country fairs and festivals throughout Washington, Oregon and California.
Six years ago while working the Country Fare in Oregon, she met the love of her life, Trey Burns. After they met they lived in Hawaii for a couple more years and the moved to Coburg, Ore., where she was studying to become a physical therapist assistant.
Tamera is survived by her father, Arnold (Nita) Grahn of Omak, Wash.; mother, Shirley Jahns of Sequim, Wash.; husband, Trey Burns of Coburg, Ore.; brother, Troy (Sheila) Grahn of Sequim, Wash.; step-sister, Dawn Bristol of Okanogan, Wash.; nephews, Haden and Spencer Bristol of Okanogan, Wash.; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Arthur and Lillian Grahn of Sebring, Fla.
In celebration of Tamera’s life, friends and family planted a vegetable and flower garden at their home.