SEQUIM - Doris Lee "D.L." Holce, 85, died peacefully in her sleep in mid-June 2006, at her home in Sequim. She enjoyed good health for her age, and died unexpectedly of a spontaneous cerebral hemorrhage.
The daughter of Carl and Nora (Scalf) Smith, she was born Oct. 28, 1920, in Onalaska. She grew up in the Onalaska and Chehalis area, but due to the early death of her mother and illness of her father she was raised mostly by her beloved Aunt Elizabeth. She graduated from Chehalis High School in 1938 and continued on to graduate from secretarial school.
She then met Eugene C. Holce, a Coast Guardsman from Centralia, and they married in August 1942. During the war, they were stationed in California and later moved to Seattle where they had two children.
When the couple divorced, she moved to Seattle to raise her children while working in the maritime industry. She spent the majority of her career at the Port of Seattle working as a secretary and an administrative assistant and retired in 1990.
At the time of her retirement, Mrs. Holce moved to Long Beach and purchased a condominium with an ocean view that she fell in love with. She was very happy to be part of the community and immersed herself in as much as possible. She was an active volunteer at the Long Beach Visitor's Bureau for many years, where they have decided to dedicate an on-site garden in her memory.
She loved to keep her mind active by enjoying symphonies, galleries, ballets and book clubs. She as very ethical and a strong supporter of social justice and women's rights. She was an active member of such organizations, such as the Women's League of Voters, Planned Parenthood, American Association of University Women, National Organization of Women, and was even named "Woman of the Year" by the Women's Transportation Club.
Most of all, she was a passionate hiker and outdoorswoman. She joined and participated in numerous walking and hiking groups, including the Angora Hiking Club of Astoria and the Over the Hill Hikers Club. She was also an active participant in the Volks Marchers International Clubs, through which she biked many countries of the world and shared her journey with others via postcards.
In 2004, Mrs. Holce moved to Sequim, in hopes that a different climate would help her arthritis. She quickly became involved in the community and was right at home visiting her many new friends and vendors. Her love of friends, community and zest for life will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by her daughter, Leah M. Holce of Stanley, Idaho and son Leonard A. Holce of Seattle. A celebration of her life will be held Sept. 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Olympic Universalist Unitarian Fellowship at 73 Howe Road off North Barr, between U.S. Highway 101 and Old Olympic Highway. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory be made to Planned Parenthood.