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December 20, 1951 -
June 2, 2018

Dee Ann Carlson passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018, after a long decline in health.

She was born Dee Ann Jongsma, to Franklin and Lois Jongsma, in Oak Harbor, Washington on December 20, 1951. It was a very snowy day.

Dee shared a Christian upbringing with six siblings. Although a difficult birth resulted in Dee Ann having a mental handicap, she was treated no differently than her siblings. She was expected to do chores and have good behavior. She learned to read and write and enjoyed writing letters back and forth with many people throughout her life. She was a very punctual person. She was always on time and expected the same from others. She had a rather uncanny memory for numbers and remembered all of her family and friends' birthdays throughout the years. Everyone on her VIP list would receive a birthday card.

She had very small, pretty hands and loved working with them. She did cross-stitch, knitting, crochet and many other crafts. While working at the sheltered workshop in Bellingham, she made complicated macramé items that were sold to the public. Later, she worked at Current Industries putting circuit boards together. For several years Dee Ann was their fastest and best employee!

Throughout her life, Dee suffered multiple serious health issues, yet she was able to live a fairly independent life for many years. Her support people became good friends and the love was mutual.

She loved her family and they were very important to her. She cherished all of her nieces and nephews as her own. She was a loving and faithful sister and she will be missed so much!

Dee Ann is survived by her father, Franklin Jongsma, and brother and sisters Martha Hitchcock (Robert), Alan Jongsma (Nancy), Gail Kruckeberg (Gordon), Joy Anderson (Kenneth), Doris Brinkerhoff and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her former husband, Greg Carlson, mother, Lois Jongsma, and brother, Arnold Jongsma.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 16, at 2 p.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2015 East Blackburn Road, Mount Vernon, WA.

Memorials may be made to Lions Camp Horizon, 7506 Gemini Street, Blaine, WA 98230 or online at lionscamphorizon.org. Lions Camp Horizon offers recreational opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities in the Puget Sound area.

Dee Ann looked forward to going to Lions Camp Horizon every summer and donations made it possible for her to receive scholarships to attend.
Published in Skagit Valley Herald on June 12, 2018
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