Mona Lee was born January 17, 1935, to Stephen Eugene Eaton and Violet Mitchell Eaton. She grew up in Grandview, WA, with the exception of a short time living in North Bend, WA.
Mona Lee married the love of her life, Edward Abel Vollmer, on May 1, 1953, and they made their home in Grandview, WA, in the lower Yakima Valley.
In January of 1954, her daughter Denise was born, and, in February of 1955, her son Stephen was born.
A couple of years later the family left the Yakima Valley in search of better job opportunities. They settled in the south Seattle area and later moved to Vashon Island in the fall of 1962. Mona Lee loved her island home, and never wanted to live anywhere else. Living here since 1962 definitely earned her the title of an “Islander”.
Mona Lee worked at several jobs on the island including Harbor Mercantile, Island Manor Nursing Home as a cook, in the Boot Shop at K2, and lastly at the Vashon Post Office, with 20 years of service, until her retirement in January of 1997.
One of Mona Lee’s passions was going “junking” as she called it. She enjoyed going to thrift shops, especially Granny’s Attic, and yard sales. She enjoyed traveling, going on trips to the Canadian Rockies, Yellowstone, the Dakotas, the Redwoods (an almost holy place to her), the ocean, a fall trip to see the colors of New England and historical sites on the East Coast, as well as a trip to Colorado Springs after the birth of her first great-granddaughter. She was treated to a trip to North Carolina in the spring of 2017 to visit her granddaughter and great-granddaughters. Mona Lee also liked camping and fishing.
One of her most fulfilling hobbies was making beaded Christmas ornaments, mostly for her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, niece and nephews. Every year brought a new one. She also enjoyed doing Latch-Hook Kits.
Mona Lee loved going to Irish Rover concerts. In a joking manner, she considered herself an “Irish Rovers Groupie.”
She sold Avon and even tried beauty school in her younger years.
Mona Lee’s health started failing about four years ago due to kidney disease. She was able to remain in her home up until this past August. She then went to live in an adult family home in Renton where she resided until her passing at Highline Hospital on October 18th, 2019.
Mona Lee was preceded in death by her husband, both parents, and an infant brother.
She is survived by her daughter, Denise Hardy (Tim) of Vashon, her son Stephen Vollmer (Janice) of Kent. Her grandchildren Eddie Hamilton (Lona) of Yelm, Jamie Hume of North Carolina, step-grandson Paul Hardy of Boise, great-grandchildren Laurena Hamilton of Elma, Alyssa Hamilton of Shelton, great-granddaughters Sidney Hume, CeCe Hume, and Hailey Hume of North Carolina, step-great-granddaughter Zandria Roach of Olympia, and step-great-grandson Brayden Hardy of Boise. Mona Lee is also survived by a brother, Victor Eaton (Karen) of Grandview, brother Tom Osler of Cheney, sister Gayla Rae Osler of Buckley. She is survived by several cousins. Also surviving are niece Jenny Hunt (Bryan) of East Wenatchee, nephews Scott Eaton (Amie) of East Wenatchee, Trent Eaton of Venice, CA, and Linus Osler of Mountain Home, ID. Great nieces Madelynn Eaton, Bailey Hunt, and great-nephews Dylan Eaton, and Jackson Hunt.
Mona Lee loved her family and was greatly loved in return. She will forever be missed by all who knew and loved her, and for her great smile and sense of humor.
In lieu of flowers please send memorials, in her name, to Vashon Island Pet Protectors, at PO Box 245, Vashon, WA, 98070.
At Mona Lee’s request, there will be no service.