Deanie Willmann passed away peacefully on Dec. 27, 2022. Daughter of Anita Flynn (Conklin) and Major Frank Milton Conklin (retired), Deanie was born in San Antonio, Texas where she also met and married the love of her life Jim Willmann. After moving to Bainbridge in 1971, Deanie became well known as the Island Welcome Wagon lady. She welcomed hundreds of new neighbors to the Island with her basket of goodies. She was also an avid, award winning quilter and embroiderer, having made over 350 quilts for people all over the world. Deanie successfully lobbied to register their first Island home in Eagledale as a Bainbridge Island historic property.
In retirement Deanie loved to travel the world with her husband Jim until his passing in 2018. Jim and Deanie were married 63 years and are survived by their three children, Douglas (Kate), Frank (Amy), and Debra (Chris), along with five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Deanie was a very loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Deanie was known for her kind and loving nature, along with her winning smile and open, generous heart. She will be greatly missed. A service will be held for Deanie at St. Cecelia Church at 8:00 AM on February 6, 2023.