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Donna Jean (Jarvis) Sund

July 29,1930 - May 13, 2024

Donna Jean (Jarvis) Sund passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family in Shelton on May 13, 2024. She was 93.

Donna was born on July 29, 1930 in Hover, Washington. She spent her childhood moving around until high school when she moved to Seattle, graduating from Lincoln High in 1948. She later married her high school sweetheart, Robert "Bob" Sund. The two celebrated their 73rd anniversary in January.

Bob's teaching and coaching career took Bob, Donna and their four children all around Western Washington – from Montesano to Forks, then to Shelton, Issaquah and Vashon Island. As they moved, Donna took college classes whenever possible, finally completing her B.A. in Education in 1971 at the University of Washington. Donna taught 1st and 2nd grades and supervised reading programs after moving to Vashon Island in the early 70's. She and Bob spent weekends, holidays and summers on Hood Canal as part owners of Rest-a-While RV Park.

Bob and Donna settled full time on Sund homestead property on Hood Canal in the early 80's, a place where her family still resides and continues to create memories, carrying on the legacy of family gatherings that Donna's warm hospitality made so special. During her retirement, Donna's passion for education and reading led her to serve as a substitute teacher at Hood Canal School, as a Board Member and volunteer for Mason County Literacy, and a regular volunteer at the Hoodsport Library. Donna enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling, caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, hiking with the Walkie Talkie Hiking group in Hoodsport, even completing a course in writing children's literature. She was a member of the Baha'i Faith and was also a member of the United Methodist Church of Shelton for many years.

Donna is survived by her devoted husband, Bob, her brother Jerry (Brenda), her sons Mark (Ann) and Brian (Linda), daughters Cindy (Margaret) and Shelley, her granddaughter, four grandsons, five great-grandchildren, whom she loved watching grow, and many nieces, nephews and others she considered family – all who counted themselves lucky to know her love.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mason County Literacy or a favorite charity. At Donna's request, the family will hold a private gravesite service at Shelton Memorial Park.


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