Danita Kay Bryan, 37, of Chinook, Wash., died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at home, surrounded by family and friends after a year-long fight with cancer.
She was born Sept. 12, 1972, at Vancouver Memorial Hospital in Vancouver, Wash., to Larry R. and C. Elaine Craig. Her parents survive, residing in Hazel Dell, Wash.
She attended Mark Morris High School in Longview, Wash., graduating in 1989. She played violin in the orchestra, sang in the choir, played the piano and was active in drama, sports and the American Diabetes Association.
After studying at Lower Columbia College, she later transferred to Western Washington University, where she received a bachelor's degree in apparel design and marketing.
On Sept. 11, 1993, she married Zane D. Bryan at her parents' home in Longview. He survives, residing in Chinook.
After college, Mrs. Bryan managed a men's retail clothing store. She then worked in a bridal store, for Peace Health, and at Longview Fibre. She later worked as a judicial services specialist in Astoria.
Family members said she enjoyed people watching and developed a love of tennis. She loved spending time withi her Bassett hounds, Zoë and Tinker. She enjoyed making wedding dresses, quilts and bead jewelry, and was known for her handmade cards, "extreme" gift-wrapping and the ability to pick the perfect gift while finding it at the best price.
In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by two sisters, Teresa Loftus of Battle Ground, Wash., and Carrie Craig of Vancouver.
At Mrs. Bryan's request, no funeral will be held. A gathering of friends and family will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 13 at the home of Dennis and Kitty Bryan, 2634 Lilac St. in Longview.
An additional gathering for friends in the Astoria area will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 20 at her home, 863 State Route 101 in Chinook.
To honor her memory, friends have dedicated a team, accompanied by items in a silent auction, in the Clatsop County Relay for Life, being held July 10-11 at Seaside High School to benefit the American Cancer Society. The contact person is Krista Darnell (503) 791-2889. Memorial contributions may also be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or the humane society or animal shelter of one's choice.
Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach, Wash., is in charge of the arrangements. An online guest book may be signed at (www.penttilaschapel.com).