Hazel Evelyn Dionne
June 12, 1923 ~ August 30, 2013
Our beloved mentor, friend, mother and grandmother, Hazel Evelyn Dionne, made her transition on Friday, August 30, 2013, after living life to its fullest for 90 years. Hazel was born June 12, 1923, in Antigo, Wisconsin, to Raymond and Ruby (Huggins) Doine, one of five children. As a young adult, she drove with friends to Washington State to visit her parents and soon she and her friends all moved West. In October, 1949, she married Clyde Mikelson and they settled in Wenatchee, Washington, to raise their three children, Sandi, Bob and Mary Ellen. Hazel was always exploring, whether the nearest mountain trail or a new theory to study and try. She was never afraid of hard work, but would choose the task that allowed her to be outside, finding great solace on the trail or in the garden. Her explorations took her in many directions, making many new friends; her welcoming, gentle and healing ways drew people to her.
In 1983, she met kindred soul Billie Stanger, her dear friend, and they set out on many new adventures and travels, including a trip around the world, always in pursuit of more knowledge. She was continually searching for ways to be helpful to all those she met through her massage therapy practice and her extended friendships.
Hazel was preceded in death by both of her parents; brothers, Maurice and Robert Doine; and her sister, Laurel Regier. Hazel is survived by and will be greatly missed by all of her family: Billie Stanger; brother, Raymond Doine of Filmore, Utah; children, Sandra A. Purcell of Cashmere, Robert J. (Patricia) Mikelson of Wenatchee, Mary Ellen (John) Gormley of Wenatchee, Wendy (David) Smith and Brant (Tammy) Stanger; grandchildren, Jason Moore, Jennifer Melsness, Seth Gormley, Michaela Gormley, Sierra Gormley, Gavin Stanger, Chelsea Riemann, Harlee Smith, April Smith, Kimberly Cox and Kaitlyn Stanger and four great-grandchildren.
In her honor, a Medicine Wheel Memorial Garden of living flowers has been created at her home. Our Dearest Hazel, you changed our lives with your gentleness and wise insights, always given with so much love. Thank you for letting us be part of your life.