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Mrs. Helen Leontine Doty of Sequim passed away at the age of 81 from congestive heart failure at Sequim Health and Rehabilitation on November 3, 2013.
She was born on her family's farm in Bellevue, Ohio, to Wilbert Marcus Heyman and Helen Leona Ingold Heyman on March 5, 1932.
She was a high school graduate when she met and married Richard Doty. They were married on October 2, 1950, in Auburn, Indiana. Together, the pair traveled to more than 20 different countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Thailand.
A talented artist, Helen was always creating something beautiful. Over her life, she painted, made jewelry, sewed, used clay and made many wonderful stained-glass pieces, including an entire village out of glass.
With her artist's eye, she designed beautiful landscapes and loved to garden.
As a homemaker, Helen excelled at creating a warm and loving environment in which to raise her three daughters.
She was married to Dick for 63 years, and they were true partners in all aspects of life.
A lifelong animal lover, Helen always had either a cat or dog in the house. When Dick would mention that his company wanted him to move to yet another country, Helen's first question would always be, "Can the dog come?"
She passed this love of animals and her artistic talents to all three of her children.
Helen was Methodist and spent quite a bit of time at the Sequim Elks Lodge with Dick, who is a member.
She is survived by her husband, Richard "Dick" L. Doty; and daughters Nadine Kay Doty Dexter and her husband, Joe, Julie Anne Doty Felty and her husband, Brian, and Trina Lee Doty. She is also survived by her sister, Greta Yvonne Heyman Scheid, and grandsons, Owen Edward Felty, Dane Marcus Felty and James Clark Dexter.
She was preceded in death by her father, Wilbert Heyman; mother Helen Heyman; and brother Robert Allen Heyman.
A private celebration of life will take place at a later date.
Published in The Peninsula Daily News on Nov. 21, 2013