July 1, 1929 - September 18, 2021
Bellingham, Washington - Dorothy Donna Drew (Haskell) Daulph, July 1, 1929 - September 18, 2021. Donna was born in Tacoma, Washington and grew up there, graduating from Stadium High School in 1947. She enjoyed summers at Magnolia Beach on Vashon Island during her childhood and into her married life. She attended the University of Washington where she met James Daulph at a fraternity/sorority gathering. They fell in love and were married in 1949. Jim and Donna lived briefly in Omak where their daughter Drew was born and then moved back to Tacoma where daughters, Dana, Tia and Betsy were born. They moved to Bellingham in 1976 where they lived off and on for the rest of their lives. Donna always enjoyed being by the water and later in the warm desert. She and Jim had homes in Chelan and then in Bermuda Dunes near Palm Springs CA, in their retirement years. Donna loved cooking, swimming and boating. She was artistic and expressed herself through needlepoint, painting and vibrant colored quilts that she made. She loved cooking and decorating for the holidays and passed on a love of decorations, gifting, and chocolate to her family. Donna also was an avid game player and enjoyed many kinds of card and board games. She was an excellent bridge player. She and Jim spent many happy hours playing games together until late in their lives and the awful onset of COVID separated them. Donna distinguished herself as an astute business woman first with a family catering business in Tacoma and then in real estate and property management and ownership in partnership with Jim in Bellingham. She was an example to all of her daughters that women could work and be successful in their chosen pursuits.
Donna is preceded in death by her husband Jim who passed earlier this year and by her granddaughter Kate who died in 2002. She is survived by her sister, Mary Ann Walters of Tacoma, her four daughters, Drew Lenore Betz, Dana Daulph Hanks, Tia Jane Daulph, and Betsy Kate Sauther. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Ryan, Ben, Marina, Trystan and Tucker and her great-granddaughter Tora and her nieces and nephews who lovingly knew her as Aunty Din.
There will be no memorial service and her ashes will be scattered into the Salish Sea as she wished. The family wishes to thank the staff at Alderwood Park Health and Rehab for their care of Donna during the last few years of her life.
Published by Bellingham Herald on Sep. 26, 2021.