Obituary of Donna Marie Dennis
At the End of our Days we ask, “Did I make a difference ?” For our Dawn (the light in the morning) the answer is, yes. Born Donna Marie Maloney on Sept. 7, 1963 to Mary and Joe Maloney in Butte, Montana, Donna attended Butte High school where she was a member of the sweet 16 Choral group, band member and JV track team. She graduated from Butte High in 1981, finished Cosmetology school, then struck out on an adventure of living life to the fullest, settling in Bellevue, WA. where she worked as a stylist at the Red Lion. Dawn took an opportunity and modeled for the National Hairstylists Trade Magazine, traveled to South Korea as a guest stylist for Hyundai Heavy Industries and to Miami as a guest stylist at the Miami film festival. Returning to Bellevue she met and married Bob Dennis, then boarded a 165’, 5 crew ship as a deck-hand and sailed for 28 days from Seattle to American Samoa where she lived aboard the boat for 6 years while her spouse worked for Blue North Fisheries. She learned to deep sea dive and scuba dive and enjoyed the wonders of the ocean, diving to 80’ to retrieve bits of Razor Coral and shells that she shared with friends and family. Dawn and Bob moved to Kona, Hawaii and Dawn opened a Salon at the Royal Kona Resort, styling hair for 6 yrs., then returned to Blaine, WA. In Blaine, Dawn opened a salon in her home and through her business built many wonderful and lasting friendships. She brought joy and comfort to many people, going beyond her regular styling services she offered her time sitting with the dying, so they would never be alone; dressing hair for other’s loved ones at funeral homes, paying home visits to style hair for the homebound. Throughout her life she brought joy, laughter and light and she was blessed to have shared so much of it with her Life’s love, Mitch Toles. Stricken with breast Cancer she couldn’t complete treatment as she was found to have an Autoimmune liver disease. After suffering brain swelling from medications needed for a foot infection, along with other health events that left her unable to walk, she spent her last year, in COVID lock down at St Francis of Bellingham. Through this Dawn never lost hope that she would receive a liver transplant and return to her life with Mitch. That goal fell short and the Lord swept her away on 02.08.2021 at age 57. Her many clients, turned loving and supportive friends made her life in lockdown bearable. A very sincere and special thank you to those who helped Dawn in ways too numerous to mention; Steve and Sarah, Nancy B., Nancy A., Joanne, Kimberly, Brooke and Allen, Val and David, Lou Ann, Mary Lou, Bobby A. and for those whose names may not have been mentioned. Thank you to Drs. Bachman, Munson, Letellier and those at St. Joseph’s Medical Center along with the wonderful nursing staff and CNAs who cared for and never gave up on Donna. To the Rn’s and CNA’s at St. Francis of Bellingham Health and Rehab who cared for her over the past year in such a friendly and caring manner, our very heartfelt thank you. To her Cousins Randy, John, Jeff, Joan, Jennifer, and sweet Jessica who supported Dawn through many times of need, our love and thank you. Mitch said, “Dawn had a rainbow of friends.” Finally, our Heart to you, Mitch, for loving Dawn and staying with her through so much. Donna was preceded in death by her sisters Ruth and Rebecca, her grandparents, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and her beloved German Shepherds. Survived by her parents Mary and Joe Maloney of Butte, sisters, Colleen (Jerry), Teresa (Randy), Holly Maloney, brother Pat (Sandy) Maloney, Partner Mitch Toles, numerous Aunts, Uncles, nieces, nephews, Cousins, and dear friends. As Dawn would say, “Remember me as loving you” God bless you our Sweet Donna and save us a place. Services to follow at a later date.
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