Sienna Marie Harvey Hares, 77, of San Juan Island, WA left this earth on Wednesday February 28th in her bed at home surrounded by her loving husband and family. She was born May 11, 1940; in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her family moved to Texas when she was 2 and remained in Texas until they moved to San Juan Island.
Sienna and David have six children and 12 grandchildren. Sienna taught Art in High School in Irving, Texas for 32 years, also taught Developmental Writing at Dallas County Community College (DCCCD) in Texas. At DCCCD she met David and they continued to be boyfriend and girlfriend for almost 40 years.
In 1985 they made trip to the San Juan Island, WA, with a friend, and ended up purchasing property on their first visit. While they continued to work, they spent summers and Christmas break on the island. They moved to San Juan full time in August of 1997. They embraced island life and she was the Former Chairman of the Library Art Committee of San Juan Island.
Sienna wrote in the annual Christmas letter about their first full time year on the island:
“Our final departure from Texas and arrival in San Juan was the closing of one major chapter, and the opening of a new one for us.”
“Fall rains awakened the moss and ferns lavish greens and revived a gurgling stream behind the house. Radian gold and russet deciduous trees counterpointed the tall evergreen conifers against a background of mountains and ocean. Almost everywhere you turn, the scene looks like a post card or calendar. The island exudes a more peaceful feel when the tourists fade and everyday life sets into ‘island time’. We’re not minding the frequent grey skies and really like the relatively consistent daily temperature range. This weather is very plant friendly, and we have a small but prolific garden… The deer think people plant gardens for them… We are in awe of the ever-changing allure of nature in this setting.”
Her family wishes to extend a special “Thank You” to the care team from Hospice of the NW. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the San Juan Preservation Trust in Sienna’s name. https://sjpt.z2systems.com/np/clients/sjpt/donation.jsp
Services will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel & Onsite Crematory Inc. of Anacortes, WA. To share a memory of Sienna, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com