Violet Mae (Fry) Dusbabek a long time Aberdeen resident passed away quietly on April 25, 2014, in San Jose, Calif. Born to Harold and Thena Fry of the Wynooche Valley on June 27, 1920, she moved to San Jose in 2009 to live with her daughter, Linda and son-in-law Karl Fowler after being in her same home in Aberdeen for 60 years. Violet was a vibrant and hard working lady often ahead of her time. She was a champion for the truth and for those who could not speak for themselves, often to her detriment. She held many jobs over her long career, including Administrator of Grays Harbor Convalescent Center, ending the working phase of her life at Grays Harbor Community Hospital. For many years she was active in the Evangelical Covenant Church (now called Grace Harbor Covenant Church), faithfully serving as the Financial Secretary and on various committees.
After retiring from working life, Violet began to explore new things and participate in exciting adventures. She went on a camel trek in Morocco, a hiking trip in the Olympic National Forest, (llamas carried the packs) and several trips to the East coast to visit relatives, see the fall colors, experience the many places of American history and visit Amish townships. She took cruise excursions to various parts of the world: Europe; the Orient where she walked on the Great Wall of China; South America; the Caribbean; and Alaska.
In her eighty’s she took a quilting class and that was the beginning of a new hobby. She became an excellent hand quilter even teaching others. She made many quilts for family and friends and donated many for charity raffles. Camping, reading and going for walks with her dog were other things she so enjoyed. She loved to try new activities and experiment with different foods. She was an excellent cook, pies were her specialty with lemon meringue a family favorite. Violet also loved to listen to music and dance, especially jazz dancing. She enjoyed a variety of music from the old time hymns, new age, country and her favorite, Andrea Bocelli. She wore out one of his CD’s from playing it so much. She was a fantastic, strong and interesting lady who will be greatly missed by many friends and family.
Her husband, the love of her life, Rex M. Dusbabek preceded her in death in 1977; also family members sister Helen (Fry) Jewett, brothers Arnold and Oliver Fry. She is survived by her sister Dorothy (Fry) Bolton of Mt View, CA, brothers Arthur Fry and wife Edith of Monroe, Wash., and Grant Fry of Aberdeen, Wash. Also surviving are daughters Linda and son-in-law Karl Fowler of San Jose, Debbie Jones and partner Dennis Cook of Olympia, granddaughters Melinda Huisingh and partner Jeff Johnson of San Jose, Angela Fagerstrom of Tumwater, grandson Gary Huisingh, wife Carole Sinclair, and her cherished great granddaughters Thena and Tate Huisingh of Lafayette, Calif.
Services have been held.