By Amy Wang | The Oregonian/OregonLive
Ramiza Shamoun Koya, who taught and advocated for writers in the Portland area, and was reveling in her own literary experience as a debut novelist this spring, died of breast cancer Friday, June 5. She was 49.
Her mother, Paula Inwood, who was with her at her Portland home, called her “feisty and vibrant and such an enthusiast.”
“She just loved, loved life, and the last six years she fought so hard to stay with her daughter and to keep living. She was quite a bright, brilliant light,” Inwood said.