Drennan & Ford Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
1946 - 2011
Born in Tacoma, WA to Hilda and Martin Bradshaw, owner of the B&E Variety store. Grew up in Spokane, WA, attended Shadle Park High School. Her early adult life was mostly spent in Vancouver, B.C. where she worked at a high-end men’s clothing store, the only American. Living there peaked her interest in the arts and jewelry manufacturing. Later this led to a successful art agent role for two Canadian-American artists which further developed into an expertise in metal etching and sculpture designs. Moving on to Seattle’s Queen Anne area, she modeled hair and clothing and her interest and capabilities in the fashion world led to her being selected for a rare management-responsibility in her own Seattle Trade Center showroom. Marrying a retired naval officer in 1986, she travelled, built an island home on Kauai, HI and worked on Andros Is., Bahamas’. During the time frame she played a minor part in the Hollywood movie ‘Flight of the Intruder’. Calling Washington home, her family lived in Edmonds prior to moving to Sequim in 2000. She was very happy in retirement in Sequim but continually struggled with medical setbacks. Caught by a series of strokes, she finally succumbed in a loss of quality of life circumstances that took her life at a young age. She is survived by her son Aron and his wife Kate of Seattle, and loving husband, Richard. A celebration of Sanda’s life will be held Monday, September 12, 2011 at 11 a.m., Sequim Valley Funeral Chapel, 108 W. Alder St. Pastor Dave Westman will honor her life’s service. Suggest donations be considered for use by needy animal adoption organizations.
7/16/26 ~ 1/9/2011
Thelma was born in Toronto, Ontario Canada to Cyril and Andrewina Allinson. She attended public schools and was awarded a Certificate of Honor for Regularity and Punctuality of Attendance, combined with Uniformly Good Conduct. Then she went on to Western Technical Commercial School in Toronto and graduated with Honors in Commercial Accountancy. While attending Western Tech. she lettered in swimming, volleyball, basketball, tumbling and was a referee as well. She was also a certified instructor in swimming and in water safety, a lifeguard and performed in the Toronto Conservatory of Music. She sang in the Runnymede United Church Choir. She was very active in the west end YMCA where she was a board member. She was on the “Y” woman’s competitive volleyball team and directed and participated in the aquatic swim team. While still in Toronto she belonged to the Toronto Stockchasers Club, the Western Old Boys’ Association and the Runnymede United Church Badminton Club. She also worked at Toronto Dominion Bank.
Thelma immigrated to the United States in 1949. She lived in Cleveland, OH. In 1950 she married Arnold Porter at the Fairmount Presbyterian Church. She worked at William A. Reynolds Company. In 1953 they moved to Wenatchee, WA. Thelma worked all of her working life as an accountant and received many awards in her field. She won an Award in the Christmas Home Decorating Contest in Wenatchee. She competed in the First Annual Eastern Washington Tennis Championships. She belonged to the Seattle Skating Club and performed in ice shows. She was a member of the Seattle Museum. Thelma participated in and directed the Dolphinettes Water Ballet Group in Wenatchee. Thelma and Arnold also lived in Bellevue, Poulsbo and Port Angeles before moving to Sequim.
Thelma joined WSU Master Gardeners in 1995. She was already a very knowledgeable gardener, but always eager to learn more and to mentor others. She was named Master Gardener of The Year early on. She was always such a joy to work with in the garden, plant sales, garden tours, plant clinics or any project at hand. In 2005 she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award and the Golden Trowel.
Thelma enjoyed working at the Master Gardener Woodcock Garden at her shade garden every Thursday for nearly 10 years. Her own garden at home was also her delight and very beautiful. She made friends everywhere she went. People were just drawn to her and her joyful and positive attitude. She was always kind and good and never had a bad word for anyone. She enjoyed garage sales, plays, high tea and social gatherings. She would address friends and strangers as “Dearheart” which indeed blessed the heart of the recipient. She was a true animal lover all of her life. She was known to stop and give money to beggars who had a dog, on the condition that they would buy dog food.
Thelma is survived by many friends and was preceeded in death by her husband, Arnold Porter. A Celebration of life for Thelma will be held on Friday, September 16th at 2pm at the Master Gardener Woodcock Garden located at 2711 Woodcock Rd. Sequim, WA. All of her many friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Thelma Porter Memorial Fund account for the benefit of the Woodcock Garden. Checks may be made payable to the Master Gardener Foundation of Clallam County (MGFCC), P. O. Box 1596, Sequim, WA 98382.