Marie Blanche Paynter, of Port Angeles, died Feb. 3, 2013, at the age of 93. She was born Oct. 26, 1919. A full obituary will follow in a later edition with service times. Drennan-Ford Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dawn O’Hara Hudson
Dawn Hudson died January 27,2013 at Olympic Medical Center after a short illness. She was born in Portland, Oregon, September 2, 1924 to Delbert and Rosabelle Skeen. A child of the depression, she learned early the value of hard work, perseverance, and living within your means,
In 1945, Dawn married Otho Singleton and had two children, Travis and Carol Jane. She was widowed at an early age, and went to work as a secretary to support her young family. In l951 she married Bill Hudson, and had two children, William and Sue Ann. Bill Hudson died suddenly, and she became a widow for the second time before she was fifty.
Dawn was an avid horsewoman, classical pianist, cook, gardener, and gracious hostess. When she retired as City Clerk of Paso Robles, California, she moved to Sequim. Her life in Sequim was busy, productive, and happy. She did not believe in being “bored” or taking naps. Not one to let any moss grow under her feet, she formed a singing group, volunteered at the Dungeness Spit, took up fishing, and went on trail rides into the mountains.
Dawn planted trees, shrubs, and lavender on her property. Until six years ago, she mowed three acres of land on her riding mower. In the evenings she could be found on her sunny deck, having a glass of wine, looking out on the straits.
Dawn believed in exercise and taking care of herself. Her health was her wealth, and she managed it well. She looked much younger than her age and dressed impeccably. She would comment “Age is state of mind”. If you wanted to make her mad, all you had to do was ask how old she was!
Home, family, friends and her beloved dog “Gus” were Dawn’s foundation. At family and holiday events, she was always first to sweep the floor, cook oysters, and make a healthy salad. Dawn was the “keeper of our keys”, opening doors and welcoming hearts. As her good friend Brenda stated, “I will miss her, for a very long time” We all will.
Thank you Dr. Charles Sullivan, “Chuck” and your kind staff for always being present. Heartfelt thanks to Sequim Health and Rehab, and the staff at Olympic Medical Center.
Dawn is survived by her son Travis and his wife Patti, of Sitka, Alaska, daughters Carol Jane of Kentucky, Sue Ann and husband Ron of Tracy, California, brother Delbert Skeen of California, granddaughters: Andrea, Bobby Jo, Trista, Erin, and Alissa, and grandson’s, Joey, Steven and Kennan. She leaves nine wonderful great grandchildren, and many true friends.
She was preceded in death by her son William, and her sister Carol.
A Celebration of Life will be held February 24th, at the “Barn” from 2:00-4:00 pm.