Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
LaDonna Mae Strinden Memorial
LaDonna Mae Strinden Memorial

LaDonna Mae Strinden

LaDonna Mae Strinden

Tuesday, November 12th, 2019

LaDonna Mae Strinden, 90, a longtime Sedro-Woolley resident, passed away on November 12, 2019 at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham.

LaDonna was born on July 6, 1929 in Racine, Wisconsin, the daughter of Cornelius and Myrtle (Danburg) Olson.  She was born and raised in Racine. In the early 1940’s, she and her mother moved to Olympia, WA, where she completed her education and pursued modeling and singing. During this time, she met the love of her life.

On June 17, 1949 she was united in marriage to Duane Strinden in Olympia and shortly thereafter, they moved to the Seattle area.  There, LaDonna pursued a career as a Dental Assistant. She was also involved in her children’s school PTA and the Capitol Hill Community Council and was a full-time mother to her three children.

In 1970, the family moved to Sedro-Woolley where they operated a 55-acre cattle ranch. LaDonna also returned to work as a Dental Assistant before her nearly 20-year career with the Emporium as a sales associate and fashion show coordinator. In the mid-70’s, she was invited to coordinate fashion for the Miss Washington Pageant. Her first priority was spending time with her family. She also continued to pursue her passion for fashion and singing. She was a member of the Skagit Valley Chorale for many years and had the opportunity to sing with the Chorale at Carnegie Hall in New York.

LaDonna is survived by her children and their spouses, Tina & Rick Miller of Sedro-Woolley, Chris & Lynne Strinden of Long Beach, CA and Eric & Sheryl Strinden of Sedro-Woolley; twelve grandchildren, David (Sallie), Brady (Randi) and Justin (Elsa)  Miller, Drew, Zane (Natalie) and Holly Shapiro and Dane Strinden, Ryan Grant (Kailyn Wentz), Ashley Bond (Brandon), and Ian (Elvia), Jesse (Callie) and Lukas Strinden; eight great-grandchildren, Emma & Grace Miller, Emmitt Miller, Felix Shapiro, Jaxson & Kendra Bond, Xavier Johnson and Kailee Kite and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Duane.

No services are planned at this time.  Private interment will be at Greenhills Cemetery in Burlington. Memorials in honor of LaDonna are suggested to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital. https://www.stjude.org/donate.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Lemley Chapel, Sedro-Woolley.


  • Scott and Jo Cruse

    She sounds like an amazing woman! So sorry for your loss.
    Scott and Jo Cruse

  • Christy Erdman

    I am at a loss for words for a beautiful and humble woman. I remember the first day I met you and your husband, 20+ years ago at a 4th of July picnic. You welcomed me into your home, your family and became an aunty and uncle that have blessed my life, always, taking time for a hug , a smile and a conversation.
    Love you

  • Sheryl Strinden

    Thank you for all the beautiful memories! You welcomed me with open arms nearly 20 years ago and your love was felt every day since. Always a kiss and hug, always an “I love you”, and always a warm smile, even when you weren’t feeling your best. Although I will miss you, I know that you and Duane are together again and you are happy. You truly were an amazing woman and you will forever hold a special place in my heart.

  • Jim Cannon

    I didn’t know LaDonna well but the few times I had the chance to speak with her I found a very sweet lady as well as a very assertive lady.
    I know she will be missed.
    Terri and I send you our condolences and we will be praying for God’s peace to be yours as you move through the grieving process.
    Blessings, Jim Cannon

  • Eric Strinden

    To my loving mother, you have always been an inspiration in my life. You have shown me the true meaning of love, so that I may share it with my spouse , children , family and friends. I hope that I have made you proud and returned the love you have give me. I will miss our times together over a cup of coffee, “two scoops of sugar! Please”. But most of all I will mis you warm and loving smile. I pray that dad has met you at the pearly gates, with a loving hug and calling out his pet name for you, “LaDune”.
    You have been a loving and caring woman to all you have come in contact, and now it is our turn to thank you for being our mother.
    Love you momma!