Deanna, at left

In Memoriam

Farewell, Deanna Hylton

Deanna Lynn Hylton died on Sunday June 24, 2007 at her home in Brown County, after an eighteen-month battle with multiple myeloma. She was 49 years old. Ms. Hylton was employed at the T.C. Steele State Historic Site as a Master Gardener. The results of her hard work and enthusiasm for the historic garden restoration project were enjoyed by thousands of historic site visitors.

Ms. Hylton was born May 18, 1958, to Marie and Benjamin Hylton. She grew up in Washington State, and was the salutatorian of Yelm High School Class of 1976. She became a sailor and sailed extensively throughout the Bahamas and Caribbean. She ultimately sailed a small wooden sloop from Florida through the Panama Canal to Hawaii, and back to Washington State. She lived aboard in Florida, the Virgin Islands and Washington.

After moving ashore, she ventured inland, where she fell in love with Mark Cagle and Brown County. Her passion became gardening, and she created a refuge of flowers in her backyard. She enjoyed exploring the region’s natural areas. Hiking, boating and birding were her favorite pastimes. She loved all critters, great and small. Her creativity was expressed in cooking and cartooning, and—as all who knew her would agree—in her enthusiastic approach to life.

Survivors include her partner Mark Cagle, identical twin sister Denise, mother Marie Haakenson, sister Peg Marconi, “Maurice,” and a multitude of other family members, friends and co-workers. She will be sorely missed by all.