Emmalyn ‘lyn’ DeShong: Jan. 6, 1930 – March 28, 2019



(Emmalyn) lyn DeShong, loving mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on March 28, 2019, at the age of 89.

Lyn was born on Jan. 6, 1930 in Ardmore, Okla., to Allen and Bernice (Albright) DeShong. She graduated from Oklahoma State University, where she studied fashion design and technical art. After leaving the university, lyn moved to Southern California, where she was employed by the Rand Corp. and the U.S. Navy as a technical illustrator.

Having a passion for all things artistic, she opened and managed her own needlepoint shop in Ventura, from 1974-79, where she designed and sold needlepoint canvases and yarns, as well as providing knitting instructions and products.

Lyn studied and excelled in the art of design and use of a stained glass window project for St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Oak Harbor, Wash., where she worked with two other members of the congregation to design and install 12 beautiful windows.

She also designed and installed stained glass windows for friends, worked as a kitchen designer and, along with her son, Steve, undertook the building of a new home for them in the Coupeville, Wash. area. The house is a testament to her technical design and artistic capabilities.

She was always interested in learning new skills and loved Chinese and Japanese architecture and art.

Additionally, as a hobby, lyn decided to make dolls, doll clothes and, eventually, doll houses. She made much of the furniture and décor for all of the doll houses, as well as lighting and light fixtures for all rooms.

As a finale, lyn developed her passion for the intricacies of Japanese painting and learned everything she could of the best techniques, papers, brushes, types of paints and even contacted and had several conversations with a well-known Japanese artist, Ning Yeh.

True to her original educational intent, she was skilled at fashion design and made her own clothes, all of them perfectly tailored. She also made banners and vestments for her beloved Episcopal church.

Her friends knew her as one of the most unique and gifted individuals they were privileged to know.

Her love for the Lord Jesus Christ carried lyn through some difficult times in her life, and it continued to grow, allowing her to draw strength, peace and comfort during her last days. The radiance of her smile caused her friends and caregivers alike to know lyn was prepared for her last journey home.

Besides her love for art and beauty, lyn’s deepest love was for her son, Steve. She was immensely proud of Steve and his family. Every conversation with friends always included praise and love of them.

Her friends also knew of lyn’s love of cats, all kinds of cats, but, especially, orange cats.

Her cats were major part of her life. In her last years, she and two orange cats and made certain they would be cared for if she was not able to.

Lyn was preceded in death by her father, Allen, her mother, Bernice, and two brothers, Walter and Junius. She is survived by her son, Steven (Beth), and granddaughters Emerald and Aria Woolman, of Glendale, Ariz.

Lyn was very thankful to the dear family of caregivers at Careage of Whidbey in Coupeville. Her family and friends also appreciated the loving care given to lyn while she was a patient there. She referred to her caregivers as “angels,” and indeed they were to the end.

A memorial service for lyn is 2 p.m. April 27, 2019 at St. Augustine’s in the Woods Episcopal Church in Freeland, and a later interment service at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Oak Harbor, date to be announced.

Memorials in her name may be given to WAIF, to St. Augustine’s in the Woods or St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

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