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Donna Marie Pitblado

Donna Marie (Howell) Pitblado passed away Sunday November 23, 2014 in Seattle. Donna was born November 26, 1934 in Phoenix, Ariz. to Frank and Esther Howell.

Donna attended schools in Southern California. She was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority. She graduated from the University of Laverne, Calif.

Donna enjoyed hikes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with college friends and her brother, John. After college graduation Donna moved to Seattle, Wash. where she taught elementary school for 40 years. In Seattle she met and married Don Pitblado. They shared a love of sailing in the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands and to Hawaii and Tahiti in boats that Don built. Donna loved music, and was also the unofficial "family historian." She wrote many booklets about their travels and family history.

Donna is survived by her husband, Don; brother, John Howell and his wife, Jane of Medford, Ore.; her sister, Mary Jo Buckler and husband, Doug of Huntington Beach, Calif.; two step-daughters; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.