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December 31, 1953 - December 27, 2022
Dona Ranae Williams (née Jensen), age 68 of Port Orchard, passed away at home with family by her side on December 27, 2022. Dona was born December 31, 1953, the daughter of Della Coleman and Elmer (Sam) Jensen in Bremerton, Washington.
When Dona was 14 years old, she met Mike Williams, and this led to a beautiful and adventure-filled 51-year marriage. They married in Montesano, WA on February 5, 1971, and had three children Michelle, Jeff, and Jamie.
After raising their children, Dona went back to school in 1988 and became a Radiology Technician and Mammographer. In her 25-year career, she helped countless patients and made many life-long friendships with her co-workers. Here’s how one of her many beloved work friends, Kristen Sanner, described Dona in May 2013 when Dona was retiring:
“So, I just wanted to share a bit about my friend Dona Williams as she moves on to the fun phase of life called retirement! Dona is really one of the best people you can be around. I will point out the obvious things first. She was always dependable, a dedicated mammographer and of course fun to work with but it’s the little things about Dona that make me happy. She is the kind of person who will go to yoga with you in a parking lot and when your body is tired from planking, she will hoist your belly up with blocks to help you stay up. That’s what friends do right? She knows everyone. Seriously, everyone. So, if you ever need to know…ya you betcha, Dona knows them. She listens when you need an ear and jokes to lift you up when you need it. Anyways point is she is fantastic, and I will miss working with her.”
After her retirement, Dona and Mike hit the road in their RV and started spending half the year in Arizona as snowbirds. In this new phase of life, they enjoyed making new friends, hiking, and golfing.
Her entire life, Dona pushed herself and those around her to try new things. You name it, Dona has probably tried it once in her life. Her main passions were quilting (with love of course), gardening, golfing, swimming, biking, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.
If you knew Dona, then you probably have a quilt (or two) from Dona. She took the time to get to know the people she cared about, and their passions, and she would put that in a quilt. This was her superpower. A few examples of her special family quilt projects:
- A rock band t-shirt quilt for her rock-and-roll-loving daughter, Michelle
- A quilt for her son, Jeff, with all the newspaper clippings and swim competition t-shirts she saved from his years as a competitive swimmer
- A quilt for her daughter Jamie and her husband Tony for their wedding anniversary
- ‘His and hers’ quilts and pillowcases, as a wedding gift, for her granddaughter Danika and her new husband Will to take on their camping adventures
- A fun, interactive quilt for her great granddaughter Aubree with ‘I Spy’, checkers, and hopscotch
Dona enjoyed taking care of her beautiful garden and greenhouse and loved sharing the things she grew such as tomatoes and snap peas. Her family remembers eating the freshest and best tasting salads ever thanks to her garden. Her favorite flowers were roses and carnations.
Dona picked up the sport of golf right away, hitting a hole-in-one during her first golf lesson. She was on the course often in Yuma and really enjoyed playing in the women’s golf league. She made many friends on the golf course that became lifelong friends off the course.
Dona loved swimming and she also had a passion for teaching kids how to swim and about water safety. She taught her kids, nieces and nephews, and grandkids how to swim. As a swim instructor at the South Kitsap community pool, she taught hundreds of kids in the community.
As a competitor, she was always pushing herself. She participated in multiple open water swims, including the 2-mile swim from Alcatraz to the Golden Gate Bridge. She completed the STP (Seattle to Portland) bike ride countless times and participated in numerous triathlons over the years, including the Danskin triathlon for many years. She also sailed and had many fond memories of sailing with her childhood friend, Linda and her husband Dan Muhoberac, in the Caribbean and Croatia.
Dona loved spending time with her kids and “grandbabies” (this was how she always lovingly referred to her grandchildren even when they were adults with children of their own).
Her children remember their mom making the best homemade Halloween costumes and the best home cooked meals such as veal cordon bleu, lumpia, homemade butter and ice cream, French dip, almond Roca, and for Christmas, Danish puffs.
Her grandbabies have fond memories of epic pillow fights, learning how to sew, camping, floating the river, swim races to the dock and learning how to swim at the lake property, making mac and cheese and eating buttered toast in her kitchen, hearing stories about her kids when they were growing up, and sleepovers on the pullout sofa bed in her living room.
Sally Smith became a lifelong friend of Dona’s after they spent years together at the pool watching their kids compete in swimming. John and Donna Trujillo were beloved neighbors and friends for decades as their kids and grandkids grew up together. Kathie and Ernie Wolf were always very supportive and loving friends in Dona’s life.
Dona leaves behind her loving husband, Mike Williams; her brother Corky and his wife Vera Jensen; her daughter Michelle and her husband Darren Koenen; her son Jeff Williams; her daughter Jamie and her husband Tony Louviere; grandchildren Danika and her husband Will Jackson, PJ Johnson, Mandy Williams, Hallie Barringer, Robbi Koenen and her husband Evan Stanley, Riley Williams, and Max Williams; great grandchildren Aubree Johnson and Trey Johnson; and many beloved nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Dona is preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Della Jensen.
A final message from Dona to her loved ones: “Just know that I want NO tears! I have lived the fullest life that I possibly could have, done more on this earth than most. I have a good relationship with our heavenly father which gives me peace through the next portals. I love you all and until we meet again.”
A Celebration of Life will be held on July 1, 2023, at 7895 Sidney Rd. SW, Port Orchard, WA, 98367. If you plan to attend and have a quilt or other sewed item from Dona, please feel free to bring it to show off and share the story with others.