Donna Stedman, age 62 of Bellingham, passed away on Wednesday, April 11th under the wonderful care of Whatcom Hospice House.
Although Donna lived most of her life in Bellingham, she spent part of her childhood in Skagit county. Donna’s life of many enjoyments began when she moved to 2412 Franklin St, and through the years it became the location for many family gatherings, summertime parties, and many champagne corks launched from the porch.
Everyone knew her arrival with the “roar of the big block 4 speed Monte Carlo her "PRIDE 'N JOY“. Or if she chose to, she would ride her Honda motorcycle “which she purchased when women didn’t commonly do in that era”.
Donna was an independent person, doing all the repairs and remodeling on her home, and taking great pride in her gardens, expanding the beauty each year. Donna’s love of the outdoors grew stronger as she got older. She loved nothing more than having her truck loaded and ready to go for the “Spur of the Moment Road Trip”. Donna loved camping. No one knows how she fit all that stuff in her truck for the camping trips, but she always managed.
Fishing was her motivation. It seems as though the days there was fishing, she was ready and off to the lake or river. On days of no fishing, she rested and planned for the next trip. Donna was also a huge Nascar fan spending many Sundays watching the race and texting how her man Dale Jr. number 88 was doing. Donna had many favorite places and things to do, but to name a few; fishing Lake Padden , salmon fishing the Skagit River, camping at Sauk River, road trips to the Hood Canal to visit family and friends, and getting ready for camp Run-A-Muk where ever it may be.
Her love for animals was amazing; “Oh My Goodness”. She was always there to take in stranded animals that needed her love and care. It started with "Tiger" the “Famous Cat on a Leash”, then moved to dogs, our famous Tippy’s one and two. In recent years acquired the love of birds, NOT A BIRD, BUT MANY BIRDS!!
Her caring wasn’t just for animals. After working at Akers taxidermy and then Bellingham frozen foods for many years, she became an independent homecare person always sharing her giving ways.
Donna didn’t just limit her caring to work; she shared a kindness and loyalty to her neighborhood and was always there to help and share and do whatever they needed.
Instead of flowers please send all donations to:
Whatcom Hospice Foundation 2901 Squalicum Parkway Bellingham, Washington 98225