Obituaries — Feb. 27, 2019

Diana Jean Fisher

Diana Jean Fisher died from cancer in her Sequim residence on Feb. 25, 2019. She was 74.

Fisher was born Sept. 11, 1944.

A celebration of life is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 at Sequim Community Church, 950 N. Fifth Ave. Linde-Price Funeral Service, Sequim, is in charge of arrangements.

Lois R. Groff

Remembering the Life of Lois R. Groff

Lois Ruth Groff went home to be with the Lord on February 1, 2019, at age 98. She was born March 23, 1920, in Clinton, Wisconsin, to William and Ruth Frank.

After graduating from high school, she attended Minneapolis Business College evenings while working days as a secretary. She married John Groff in 1940, and they were blessed with four children and 69 years of marriage. She was a devoted homemaker with a deep love for family and cherished times together filled with laughter, games and fun at family gatherings. She was a cordial hostess who welcomed everyone to her home with a heart of grace.

For several years she tested recipes for Betty Crocker, of General Mills, in Minneapolis. She enjoyed oil painting, china painting, knitting, sewing and reading. Her love of books drew her to employment in a Christian book store where she worked for many years before her husband was transferred to Fergus Falls, Minnesota. Following his retirement, they moved to Sequim, Washington.

As a caring and compassionate mother and grandmother, she put the needs of others before her own. She lived her life exemplifying her Godly faith and believed in the importance of daily prayer. Wherever she lived, she was an active church member and served in ministries as church secretary, Deaconess, Sunday School teacher, and volunteered on various boards.

Lois will be greatly missed and remembered as a loving mother and grandmother, a kind-hearted friend, and a woman of steadfast faith.

She is survived by her children, Carol (Jerry) Biss of Grand Rapids, Michigan; Karen (John) Raske of Port Angeles, Washington; Robert Groff of Snohomish, Washington; James (Phyllis) Groff of Minneapolis, Minnesota; seven grandchildren, Kimberley Benedict, Erik Biss, Jodi (Dan Jr.) Wilder, Mike (Lander) Groff, Christine (Bret) Niemann, Scott (Kara) Groff, Ben (Mindi) Groff; 20 great-grandchildren; one sister, Lucille Fife of Canby, Oregon; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ruth Frank; her beloved husband, John E. Groff; brothers and sisters, John, Paul, Gladys, Ralph, Doris, Wilbur, Ethel Grace; and daughter-in-law, Susan Groff.

Services will be held Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 1:00 PM, at Dungeness Community Church, 45 Eberle Lane in Sequim.

Memorial gifts: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Living Water International, a Christian ministry providing clean drinking water in developing countries. ( All contributions may be made payable to Dungeness Community Church with a notation for Lois Groff memorial and will be sent to Living Water Int. (Dungeness Community Church, P.O. Box 2920, Sequim, WA 98382)

Arrangements by Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel.

Mary C. O’Connor

January 19, 1924 – February 11, 2019

Mary C. O’Connor, age 95, died of gallbladder complications, at Sequim Health and Rehabilitation.

She was born, in Renton, Washington, to John R. and Mary Ellen Durney.

Mary was married to Bernard L. O’Connor on July 27, 1950, in Renton. They were married 55 years until his death on May 21, 2005.

Mary had worked as a bookkeeper for the railroad until 1961, then stayed home to raise kids. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and reading, through her early 90’s.

Mary, as a devout Catholic, was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Sequim.

She was proceeded in death by husband, Bernard L. O’Connor, sister, Ellen Arnold; and son-in-law, Patrick Motan.

She is survived by son, Michael T. and daughter-in-law, Katy O’Connor of Port Angeles; daughter, Carol A. Motan of Silverdale; three granddaughters, Amanda Benshoof, Elisabeth Mills, and Stephanie Rains all of Kitsap county; and five great-grandchildren, Gabryel, Lyric, Michael, Isabella, and Lucianna.

Services are Friday, March 1, 11 AM, Memorial Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 121 E. Maple St., Sequim. Reception to follow in basement of church.

Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Delores Angeline Hanson

November 24, 1923 – February 11, 2019

Delores Angeline Hanson passed away, at the age of 95, on February 11, 2019, at Olympic Memorial Hospital, in Port Angeles, surrounded by family.

She was one of seven children, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and had a twin brother, Donald, who passed at age 91.

Delores spent most days working in her art studio. She was an accomplished china painter for 50 years and enjoyed painting for friends and family. It was her artistic passion that she enjoyed until the end.

She moved to Sequim, in 2007, to be close to her daughter’s family. She enjoyed lunching with her lady friends, weekly as permitted, and wearing her beautiful Norwegian sweaters.

Delores liked being the life of the party and cracking jokes to make people laugh. She always had a funny story to share and was always ready to play cards or board games.

She is survived by three of her five children, Marcia A. Cowan of Sequim, Rune L. Hanson, Jr. of St. Paul, Minnesota, Todd D. Hanson of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and her youngest brother, David C. Lund of Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Services will be held at the Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel on March 18, 2019, at 3 PM, and laid to rest at Fort Snelling Cemetery in Minneapolis.

Paul E. Davenport

September 30, 1928 – February 20, 2019

Paul E. Davenport, 90, died February 20, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Paul was born September 30, 1928, in McMinnville, Oregon, to Doris and John Davenport.

He was a Korean War veteran and a Mason for 60 years.

He had many interests and activities throughout his life; he loved spending time with family and friends, playing cards, gardening and traveling, to name just a few.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Jane Davenport; son, Tom Eads; and daughter, Kathleen Eads.

Paul is survived by his brother, Russ Davenport; sons, John Davenport, Dwayne Davenport, David Davenport, Kevin Eads, David Eads; daughter, Julie Rebideaux; 27 grandkids and 19 great-grandkids.

Paul lived a wonderful life full of love and family. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother. He truly touched the lives of all who knew him and is already greatly missed.

A Celebration of Life will be held for friends to pay their respects, at the Shipley Center, in Sequim, March 1st, from 2-4 PM. The full funeral service will be held, in Oregon, at a later date.

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