Donna passed away unexpectantly but
peacefully in her sleep at home, Monday
evening, October 5th bringing to end her four
year battle with Alzheimer’s.
Donna was born on April 3, 1951, in
Seattle Washington, the daughter of Frank
and Angelina (Babe) Yellam. She grew up
in Burien. She attended grade school at St.
Francis of Assisi. She went to Highline High
School, graduating in 1969. A er graduation,
she went to Highline Community College to
pursue a degree in nursing. Donna met Gary in
chemistry class there, a relationship that would
last y years. ey were married on April 11,
1975. Donna worked as a medical assistant for Virginia Mason
Clinic in Seattle for eight years until the birth of their rst
child, Paul. Being a stay at home mom, she decided that selling
Avon might be fun. e “Avon Lady” was born. She sold Avon
for the next 33 years becoming a top seller in her district and
continuous member of Avon’s Presidents Club. No matter how
busy she was, she always found time to visit with her customers.
Mark then Grant were born. With three boys, it was one sport
a er the other. Soccer, basketball, baseball, golf and swimming.
She was the taxi and fan club for every practice
and game all the way through high school.
e boys all graduated from the University
of Washington. She was a very proud Husky
mom. She became a grandmother with the
birth of Liam. With her memory fading, Avon
was becoming a real burden on her, so she
reluctantly retired. On August 29, 2016 she was
diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. She would have
three more grandsons; Declan, Cole and Carter.
ey never failed to put a big smile on her face.
roughout her journey with Alzheimer’s, she
Donna was preceded in death by her father
Frank Yellam. Donna is survived by her husband Gary, her
mother Angelina Yellam, her sons Paul (Patti) Hansen, Mark
(Heather) Hansen, Grant Hansen; her grandsons: Liam, Declan,
Cole, Carter, and future granddaughter (Mark and Heather)
due February 2021; her sister Patty (Keith) Barber, her brother
Frank Yellam, her sister-in-law Joan (Anna) Hansen and many
nieces, nephews and cousins.
Remembrances can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.