Doris E. Soden, 89, a longtime East Wenatchee resident, passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at
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Central Washington Hospital.
Doris Ella Harkness Soden was born to Henry W. Harkness and Hulda (Harneit) Harkness at
Tonasket Hospital on January 10, 1931 .
She grew up in Havillah, a small farming village with her siblings, Velma Green, Vernon
Harkness, Devin Harkness. They attended a one room school house in Havalliah for elementary
school.She continued her education at Tonasket High School, where she graduated in 1949.
Doris moved to Wenatchee to study nursing after graduation. There she met her husband of 64
years, Elgie Soden on December 7, 1951 on a blind date. They were wed on Aug 17, 1952 at
Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Havillah, WA.
Doris accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized by Cecil Sims in 1954 in
the Wenatchee Valley. She was an active member of Wenatchee Valley Baptist Church and
later was a founding member of Eastmont Baptist Church where she was a current member.
Elgie and Doris were selected as Senior Royalty for the 1992 Apple Blossom Festival. It was an
honor befitting to both of them.
Doris was well known throughout the valley for her 30 plus years of work at the Eye and Ear
Clinic with the majority of her time as an assistant to Dr. C.K. Miller.
Elgie and Doris were a team in creating a beautiful apple orchard and walnut grove in the
Greater East Wenatchee area, where she became known as “The Walnut Lady.”
Retirement brought about a new adventure of
traveling around states in their motorhome playing music and visiting family and friends. While
Elgie was picking, Doris was knitting.
These travels lead her to discover what she thought was an ideal job, a greeter at a Walmart in
the south. She then presented that idea to BiMart where she became their greeter in East
Her retirement days were filled with serving others. She was a prolific letter writer that kept the
post office in business. She was said to have a direct line to God, as she was a true prayer
warrior and her faith sustained her and gave purpose to her life. Each summer she volunteered
at Vacation Bible school helping children learn about Jesus. She loved visiting the elderly in
various retirement homes. She shared her baking with family and friends and was well known for
her apple pie and quick breads.
Floral and vegetable gardening brought her solace and calmness to a busy life, not to mention
beautiful bouquets and tasty food which she shared. Her daily bible study kept her mind on
godly purpose as she kept active with hand work. She quilted heirloom quilts pieced by her
mother in law. Doris loved to embroider pillow cases, table clothes, and anything else you can
think of, and donated her talent as fundraising for the Senior Citizen Center. Her servitude in life
will be greatly missed in this beautiful valley.
She is survived by her daughters, Annette Davis of Brewster, WA and Juanita and son in law
Tom Bass of Carlsbad, CA, her granddaughters Shawna Wolford, Crista Davis, and Lauren
Kristoff, and her great grandsons, Tebow, Hudson, and Keegan Wolford.
She went to her final home on October 7, 2020 after a short, non-COVID-related illness. She is
reunited with those that preceded her in death Elgie Soden, husband; all her siblings including
infant Harkness and her parents.
A Commemoration Service will be held in the covered entryway to Eastmont Baptist Church on Monday,
October 12, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Due to the Covid – 19 State Regulation only 30 people can gather
around the service with masks and social distancing. Additionally, those who wish to pay their respects,
are welcome to attend in their vehicles from a distance and tune their radios to the service. A visitation
will be held at Heritage Memorial Chapel in East Wenatchee on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. with a total of
30 people, with masks and following the social distancing marks. Doris will be entombed at Evergreen
Memorial Park Mausoleum. You are invited to her Tribute Page at www.HeritageMemorialChapel.com .
Arrangements are in the care of Heritage Memorial Chapel, East Wenatchee.