Maria Alana Biesterfeld, 56, of Gresham, passed away from an aggressive form of cancer on Thursday, February 4th, 2021 at Legacy Mt. Hood. Maria was born on February 12th, 1964 in Portland, Oregon to Patricia and Carey Gardner. She is survived by her husband, KC, three children, Krista, Sarah and Jake, three grandchildren, Kaden, Lilly and Elijah, two brothers, Mark and Matthew as well as her parents, Patricia and Carey. Maria pursued many successful careers before finally following her heart into the world of education. As a Special Education Paraeducator in the Gresham- Barlow School District, she gained the love and respect of so many in her community. Maria strived to act out of kindness and compassion for everyone. She was as selfless as she was brave, and brilliant as she was beautiful. Her absence is felt heavily in the lives that she touched. She will truly be missed. Due to COVID restrictions there will not be a public memorial service.