Donna Hansen | Obituary

Donna Hansen | Obituary

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

remained active.

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.