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This page pays tribute to our dear friends in the Cascadia chapter with whom we have shared many precious memories over the years. Not only were they loved by many, but they were each incredible human beings.


Kristi Kilbourne

A recent Dedication at Quartzite for our recently departed Cascadia member, Kristi Kilbourne, included the following tribute written by our own Penne Duex. It is reprinted here for all to see:

Kristi Kilbourne was the most diverse and multifaceted person I have ever met.
Her father was a diplomat and she spent a lot of time in foreign countries where she attended private school with privileged children. Kristi did not feel that way. She was however an exceptional person. Fearless and independent.
She lived and worked in Japan for AT&T laying fiber optic in her early years. Kristi loved tattoos and was covered neck to toe. She was also very talented and became an apprentice after which she opened her own tattoo parlor. She was the first woman to do that. One night while we were having dinner and drinks in a restaurant, a young man with tattoos came to our table. He owned the parlor next door. That was the night that I found out that she was a famous tattoo artist and a legend in the tattoo community.
She had suffered an eye injury that ended her art. But she owned and operated her parlor until her death. She also tirelessly worked for the state as a Guardian for people who needed help and needed a voice. She was a hero. She loved people and had a very diverse circle of friends. Kristi was always a happy upbeat person. She judged no one and accepted you just as you were.
Kristi was also an avid mushroom hunter all her life. Her passion led her to convert the basement of her house into a mushroom lab and she began growing and selling exotic mushrooms to upscale restaurants in her hometown of Spokane WA.
As a treat to herself for paying off the mortgage on her house. Kristi bought herself a RV. She found RVing Women shortly after that. She loved coming to Cascadia events and was loved by all. We miss her light. It truly was an honor to know her. 



Norma Dalla Santa
The Cascadia Chapter is mourning the loss of one of its beloved charter members with the death of Norma Dalla Santa, who passed away peacefully on October 3, 2017, surrounded by her wife and long-time companion Sue Ellen Johnson, and her three children.

Memorial Services were held Saturday, October 14th at 2 p.m. at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 18207 108th Ave SE, Renton, WA 98055.

Avid travelers, Norma and Sue Ellen enjoyed many years roaming about the country in their motorhome and treasured the friendships made through the RVing Women (RVW) organization. They joined RVW and the fledgling Cascadia Chapter in 1999; both were active in chapter leadership positions over the years. They drove as far north as Alaska and as far south as Florida in the RV, and spent many winters in the company of friends at Superstitious Mountain Resort in Apache Junction, AZ.
She was always quick to join a game of Rummikub or cards, especially Pinochle, and she could play electronic jigsaw puzzles for hours on end.

Norma was born November 24, 1934 to Mildred and William Dietrich in Hartford, Connecticut, and was raised in New Haven, CT and St. Petersburg, FL. Norma also lived on Merritt Island, FL before moving to Seattle, WA in 1974. She worked at the Boeing Company for many years, retiring from the Finance department in 1989.
In addition to her children Paul, Alan and Cece, Norma took delight in the lives and activities of her seven grandchildren: Christopher, Nathan, Kevin, Trevor and Toby Dalla Santa; Kayce Callen Love and Cameron Callen. She was preceded in death by her ex-husband Natale Dalla Santa, Jr. (1991), and is survived by her brother Paul Alan Dietrich.

Although Norma did not have specific requests outlined, please consider making a donation in Norma’s memory to the Washington State chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association



Dianne Pond, February 24, 1944 - November 25, 2015

Diane Pond

Dianne Pond, 71, passed away on November 25, 2015, in Vancouver, WA.

Dianne was a charter member of the Cascadia chapter of RVing Women which formed in 1999. She was the chapter's first Events Activities Planner and held that position through 2001. She played a major role in helping Cascadia to become the largest chapter in RVW.

Dianne was retired from The Boeing Company in the Seattle area. After her retirement she spent several years in Apache Junction, AZ. She was an active member of the community, participating in wood crafts, stained glass, quilting, and music groups. She loved her doggie pets who accompanied her on her many travels.

Three years ago she moved to Vancouver, WA, to be near her son and daughter.

She will be missed by her many friends and sister RVW travelers.



Joanne Anderson:



Joanne was born in Neptune, NJ in 1934 to James and Philomena (Dick) Anderson. She died on April 23, 2013 at Madigan Army Medical Center at Ft.. Lewis, WA. Joanne was proud to serve her country in the US Army, retiring as LTC in 1979. She was stationed in New York, Washington, D.C., Colorado, Kentucky, New Jersey, Hawaii, and Germany. She loved to travel, enjoyed boating, kayaking, and flying kites on the beach, fishing, bowling, golfing, hiking, both water and snow skiing, checking bluebird houses, camping, and gardening. Joanne made her home in Washington in the summer and Arizona in the winter. A celebration of Joannes life was be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at The United Churches of Olympia. Please see full obituary at Our loss to a fun traveling sister and our prayers to her loved ones.


Mary O'Brien:.


Cheryl Edman

Mary died on February 5, 2013, while snorkeling in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and was on the start of a cruise adventure.  Mary is survived by her partner of 28 years, Danny Leaverton, two daughters and a niece whom she helped raise.  Mary and Danny have been RVW and Cascadia members for many years but had spent the last two years on the road or in their home in Tucson, Arizona. There will be no services but remembrances can be made to the Humane Society in honor of Mary's love of dogs and all animals. 






Evelyn “Coke” Coker:


Cheryl Edman


She passed away on Feb 15, 2013. Coke was born March 2, 1917, and was the oldest active member of Cascadia. She was 95 at the time of her passing, about to turn 96. She and her lifelong partner, Marge Needham, were able to continue RVing with Cascadia until they were 90 and 83, respectively, during the 2007 season. Marge was 87 at the time of her death in 2011, and the two had been together for 63 years.

The memorial service celebrating Coke’s life will be held on Sunday March 3rd at 2:00 p.m. at the Evergreen Washelli, 18224 103rd Avenue NE, Bothell, WA 98011. All Cascadians are welcome to attend.

Marge Needham, RN


Cheryl Edman


Marge Needham and Evelyn (Coke) Coker joined Cascadia and RVW at our Fidalgo Bay event in 2003. At that time they were celebrating 55 yrs together. Marge was born May 24, 1924 in Revelstoke, British Columbia. After attending nursing school in Canada, she moved to Seattle at the close of World War 2 and began a long career in nursing. She was director of nursing at five different Seattle area hospitals. In retirement she continued to use her nursing skills, providing blood pressure readings at her local senior center, where she also ran the seniors tennis program up until a few years before her death. Marge met Coke shortly after moving to Seattle in 1945 and at the time of her death on September 13, 2011 they had been together 63 years.


Helen Panas

Helen Panas

Helen Panas passed away on July 13, 2009, at her home in Apache Junction, Arizona.
Jan, her partner of 31 years, and several friends helped her make the journey.
Helen was born in Hudson, New Hampshire on July 4, 1934, and immediately began asserting her independence. She was the oldest of four children. Her early career as a stewardess took Helen all over the world. She could recommend all the best places to visit but never learned to read a map. For Helen, the pleasure of discovery was more important than the planning. Later, as a travel agent, she shared that sense of discovery with hundreds of clients and friends.
Family considerations took Helen to San Francisco in 1964 and to Los Angeles in 1979. She and Jan moved to Portland, Oregon, in 1990. She loved to entertain and took great pride in making her home an inviting place to be. She brought sunshine with her everywhere she lived, something that was especially appreciated in those places blessed with an overabundance of rain.
A second-generation Greek, Helen was known to her many friends as the Greek princess. She was very proud to be an American, especially a Yankee American, and carried many East Coast traditions to the West.
After Jan's retirement in 2008, Helen and Jan moved to Superstition Mountain Resort in Apache Junction, Arizona. She will be missed by her many friends and family. She especially wanted Cascadia Chapter members and SMR neighbors to know that their tremendous outpourings of love and support helped to make her final days more peaceful.


Ursula Brogan


Our dearest Ursula passed away peacefully on November 24th, 2008, after a long, brave fight with breast cancer. She was born in Spokane in 1951. She is survived by her partner, Barb Gilger. She was especially proud of her 24-year service in the Coast Guard Reserve. Ursula retired from the Community Colleges of Spokane's Institute for Extended Learning, and began traveling in the motor home. She enjoyed spending time at Mt. Rainier and Olympic National Park. Ursula and Barb joined the Cascadia Chapter of RVing Women in 2006, attended rallies with the group and made friendships with women who will miss her very much. They recently moved from Cheney to Sequim, WA, where Ursula was proud to be able to call the Olympic Peninsula her home.

Ursula joined in and also led activities at the rallies they attended. She showed newbies the ins and outs of geocaching on the Tokeland campout. There was one memorable short golfing game we laughed our way through as mosquitoes ate every part that was not covered! She helped organize the fantastic ukulele workshop in spite of her failing health. Ursula will be remembered as a delightful, intelligent, warm and generous person. We are grateful to have met her and will remember her around our campfires as she remains in our hearts


Irene Hallett


Longtime Cascadia member Irene Hallett passed away on September 22, 2006,  from complications during heart surgery. 

A resident of Des Moines, Irene was an alumna of Washington State University.  She taught at Mead High School in Spokane, in Port Townsend, and at Highline High School.  She later became the assistant executive director of the Washington State High School Activities Association where she was instrumental in establishing girls high school athletics programs.

Irene and Ginny Greenlee last joined the Cascadia group over the (2006) Memorial weekend at Mossyrock.  In addition to her involvement with Cascadia RVW and Roving Campers, Irene was a huge Mariners fan and a Seahawks season ticket holder for 28 years.

Irene's service is Friday, September 29th, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church 2225 9th Ave. S. Des Moines. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in donations to Children's Hospital Foundation, M/S S-200, PO Box 50020, Seattle, WA 98145-5020.


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