Deanna Marie Quillen was born on Saturday, March 2nd, 1946, in Portland, Oregon to Orville and Ilene Quillen. Deanna passed away on Tuesday, October 10th, 2023 in Ocean Park, Washington.
Deanna, affectionately known as Dee, was the middle child among her siblings, with sister Darlene preceding her and brother Donald following a few years later. She grew up in the Portland area enjoying camping and trips to the beach with her family.
Dee eventually settled in the Tigard area, where she not only worked and raised her children, but also dedicated her time and energy to a cause close to her heart - Greyhounds. Dee had an enduring love for these graceful dogs and devoted countless years to helping them find loving forever homes after their racing careers had concluded. Her own home was always graced by the presence of one of these elegant dogs, a testament to her devotion to them.
A twist of fate brought Dee face to face with the challenges of glaucoma, which would ultimately lead to being legally blind. Yet, Dee's unwavering spirit remained unbroken. She made the decision to sell her home in Tigard and with her canine companion, she embarked on a journey to the place she'd always dreamed of living; the beach! She settled in the coastal town of Ocean Park, Washington, just north of Long Beach. Her persuasive charm even led her sister, Darlene, to join her in this coastal paradise.
In her newfound coastal haven, Dee refused to let life's sands settle around her. She dove headlong into community service, offering her time and talents to the Ocean Park Fire Department. Whether it was cooking, serving, or any task that needed her touch, she was there. Over 11 years were dedicated to the Ocean Park Grade School as well as the Long Beach Grade School, where she became affectionately known as “Grandma Dee" to children and adults alike. Dee was also a proud member of the Eagles Club, the Moose Lodge, and the Elks, volunteering for various events and participating in activities.
Dee's joys were simple and pure. She enjoyed garage sales, walks on the beach, traveling with her sister, cooking for her family, spending time with friends, and the timeless tradition of celebrating Christmas, which always included the beloved classic, "It's a Wonderful Life."
Dee, despite the gradual fading of her vision, embraced life's every twist and turn with grace, laughter, and an enduringly bright spirit. Her life was a life of kindness and was an inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Dee was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Donald. She is survived by her friend and sister, Darlene, her daughter, Tracy (John) Wright, her son, Rollie (Lonna) Capaci, several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews.
In the tapestry of our lives, Dee's legacy will forever be remembered as a beautiful life of resilience, love, and boundless kindness. A truly wonderful life.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Dee on Sunday, November 12th at 1:00 PM at the Moose Lodge - 25915 U St, Ocean Park, Washington, a potluck following the service.