Our Mother passed away peacefully in the early morning of Tuesday, June 29, 2021.
Dee was a beautiful and loyal friend to so many. She was so talented.
Dee was born in Seattle, WA to E.W. George and Mary Ellen Evans. She was the oldest of two children.
She was raised in West Seattle, attended Van Asselt Elementary School, Holy Rosary Catholic School, and graduated from West Seattle High School in 1955.
She worked in the hospitality industry which became her life’s passion. She carried her love of food and family wherever she went. She was a great chef and we often found her in the kitchen preparing food for her neighbors, family, friends. She was very knowledgeable about nutrition and read voraciously on the subject. After her husband, Richard Danner passed away in 1988, she decided to create a business doing exactly what she loved, and that was making a house a home. She gathered many clients over the years and became irreplaceable in their lives. Cooking, errands, mending, managing households, organizing, and of course, offering her opinion! Her clients loved her for her talents and abilities. She had a keen eye for design and intuition for beautiful things. She was an exceptional seamstress. Her work was beautiful and impeccable. She was in the process of sewing pajamas for foster children. Her goal was to donate to 1000 children! Dee had a beautiful voice. She sang soprano. As children and beyond, we would hear her singing all through the neighborhood. She sang all through school and in the church choir. She told us that one of the nuns in Catholic school told her that she would be blessed in heaven for creating such beautiful music here on earth. She could belt out the highest notes with gusto! Mom LOVED Giraffes! Her collection comes in all shapes and sizes and is massive! Friends gifted her with beautiful art and statues from around the world. She had a story for each and every one.
Her most rewarding job was being a mother and GaGa/grandmother to her daughters and grandchildren. Her world revolved around all of us, and she made sure we knew it through her love and commitment to each of us. She was a prime example of wanting more for her family than she did for herself. She was exceptional and we will miss her tremendously!
She is survived by her daughter, Shelley Mitchell-Lish (Monty), Granddaughters, Jessica Lewis, and Catalina (Beth) Lish, Great Grandson, Ryker Jaxon Lewis, and her brother, Darryl Evans.
Dee was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Richard Danner, and her daughter, Didi Garlow.
We will persevere in honoring her life with her style of grace and unconditional love.
There will be a celebration of life scheduled at a later date.
Please feel free to share your memories at Flintoft’s Funeral Home and Crematory. www.flintofts.com