May 12, 1932 - July 30, 2015
Seattle - Our loving sister, aunt, and friend, Doreen Arpacci, 83, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2015 from cancer. She was born on May 12, 1932 in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada, a daughter of Frank Harwood and Hazel McMullen. Doreen had a happy life attending and graduating high school in Vernon with many close friends and working for 16 years for the Fruit Union. Doreen moved to Seattle, Washington and was employed by the Seattle School District. After thirty years of hard work and dedication to the children she retired in 1988. Since retirement Doreen dedicated her spare time to knitting baby blankets and hats for the homeless as well as participating in annual bake sales or bazaars raising money for charity. Doreen took great care in embroidering many pillows, towels, and table cloths for family and friends and she always looked forward to attending Bunco every month with her dear friends. Doreen is survived by her sister, Dorothy Hansen; one niece Christine (Roger) Durst; two nephews Tim (Cheryl) Hansen and Harold (Joleen) Hansen; nine great nieces and nephews and 14 great-great nieces and nephews; many cousins throughout Canada and America, especially Harold (Nan) Lippold. She was preceded in death by her parents. The family wishes to give special thanks to her dear friends whom she considered family, Julie Harris and Calleen Janzen, both who watched over Doreen with great love and care and spent many days taking her to Doctor appointments, cleaning her home, helping her run errands and spending time with her. The family would also like to thank Theresa for helping take care of Doreen during her final days at home, Louis Harness for taking Doreen to doctor appointments, Dr. Howard West, Providence Hospice of Seattle, her hospice nurse Marguerite Dekker, Magnolia AFH, Blietz Funeral Home in Seattle, Washington and Gillies Funeral Chapel in Brigham City, Utah. Doreen will be buried in Brigham City, Utah at a later date.
Hi, I worked with Doreen at Seattle Public Schools. There were days she would stop and day "Okay, everyone just get it together." We really needed that. She was warm, funny, sarcastic and very giving. I know she will be missed. I have lots of fun memories of her and she will not be forgotten.
Thinking of all the family!
Shirley Harwood McArthur
I miss her every day!!! She was my neighbor for over 22 years. I miss her asking me after I came home from work, how my day was and really meant it! We shared meals, watched Wheel of Fortune and dreamed about the trips and places that we would go. She was so much fun!! My cat, Greased Lightening, never "talked" before he spent time with his second mom. She was a very unique person; kind, caring, fun, and always wanted to try new things. What a life force!! She had a heart of gold and cared deeply about people. What a caring and loving friendship we had! God certainly has plans for her!