Deane P. (White) Dunn, 81, died Dec. 4, 2002, after an unsuccessful battle with cancer. She was in the company of many of her family members when she passed away peacefully in her home.
Dean was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on Nov. 30, 1921. Her father, Edward W. White, homesteaded in Saskatchewan in the early 1900’s, being originally from Iowa and Illinois. Edward married Dr. Mary P. Raffenberg in 1912. Edward and Mary had four children, Mina (d. 2001), Edward R. (d. 1941), Dorcas and Deane. Deane’s family immigrated to the U.S. and settled in Washington state when she was four years old.
Deane graduated form Anacortes High School in 1940 and worked in the Bremerton Shipyard during World War II. She married William H. Smiley on Sept.16, 1942, and had three children. That marriage eventually ended in divorce.
Deane married Don Dunn Aug. 15, 1964, and they lived in Pattons’ Hideaway on West Beach Road until her death. She worked civil service in the Supply Unit of NAS Whidbey Island for 29 years, retiring in 1979.
Deane was active in the Whitehead-Muzzall Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post of which she was president three times and spent much volunteer time at various local service agencies.
Deane’s primary interest was her family genealogy. She was also devoted to pets and animals and contributed to several organizations promoting the ethical treatment of animals. She was an avid gardener and especially liked roses.
Mrs. Dunn is survived by her husband Don at the family home, Oak Harbor and by three children: Richard H. Smiley Ph.D. of Juneau, Alaska; Virginia Smiley and her husband Mike Bavard, also of Juneau and Margaret Smiley Johnson and her husband Steve Johnson of Oak Harbor. One sister Dorcas Rennar of Seattle, six grandchildren: Lisa Johnson Penman and her husband Corey, Chad Jones and fiancé Beth Clevenger; Rebecca, Richard, Kelsey and Krista Smiley and one great-grandchild Taylor Cortell also survive. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister Mina Jenkins and one brother Edward R. White.
Memorial services for Mrs. Dunn will be held Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, at 2 p.m., at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 3037 Goldie Road. Cremation was held with private family inurnment at Grandview Cemetery, Anacortes. Memorials may be made to Whidbey Animal Improvement Fund. Arrangements are by Burley Funeral Chapel.