Arjuna Irene Barton (Diane Welty) | Passages
Arjuna passed away from this world on October 4, 2020, assisted by her children and surrounded by the loving energy of her family and close friends.
The sudden and unexpected onset of pancreatic cancer took everyone by surprise and took it away from us extremely quickly. There was no time for many final farewells although she held all of her family and friends in her heart and thoughts.
Diane Irene Barton was born on December 17, 1947 and was the first child in the family. They lived in Illinois, Puerto Rico, Florida, and Washington state. She spent much of her childhood in the sun, sand and sea water. The freedoms of island life in Puerto Rico fed her spirit and she would fondly remember her friends and the adventures they had. lived there. Learning the ocean, swimming and surfing in Florida strengthened her body and she became a regular lifeguard on the beaches near their home. Moving to Washington State for her final year of high school was an incredible change that led to her early adulthood.
After high school and a bit of college, Diane moved to the La Conner neighborhood near friends with whom she has remained very close all her life. Diane married Peter Welty and they moved to Orcas Island and raised their family. She loved being near the water and on the island, making new friends in the community and all of her children’s activities. She worked for many years at Bilbo, did bookkeeping for companies, taught Spanish and distributed shifts for emergency services.
She was a great, adventurous cook and loved potlucks with friends. She took ballet lessons, studied spiritual practices, gardened, swam by the lake, performed in plays and musicals, and attended all Little League games. She became more interested in the healing arts and eventually traveled to Seattle and trained to become a professional massage practitioner. This became her long-standing career and she complemented it with Reiki training, counseling and energy work. She was making changes and decided on a new name for Arjuna. With her new career, she moved to Bainbridge Island to work in the Kitsap area and eventually to Oregon and Arizona before returning to the Pacific Northwest where she stayed.
Arjuna expanded his spiritual life and practiced Western Buddhism. She was a dedicated and unwavering collaborator of her Buddhist community. Arjuna was also dedicated to education and was proud to have obtained her bachelor’s degree and the many continuing education credits in massage, healing arts and counseling. Arjuna also had a great love for music, dancing and nightlife. She was elated and really loved sharing good times with people.
Time spent with her grandchildren was extremely important to Arjuna and she had a special bond with each. She was a loving mother and we miss her dearly. The family was important and she was so happy to have been able to visit her sister in recent years. We are all going to miss the light Arjuna has brought to our lives and his unique and beautiful presence. Arjuna (Diane) has lived a full and varied life and has had many adventures, big and small. She has lived in the pursuit of knowledge, in love with art and beauty, and devoted to its ideals and practices.
Arjuna is survived by her sister, her former husband, her children, her grandchildren, her niece, her nephew and her many friends. Arjuna was predeceased by her father, mother, stepfather, uncle, brother and several close friends.
A rally to celebrate Arjuna will take place in Skagit Valley on October 2, 2021. For more information on participation, please send an email to: [email protected] If a memorial gift wishes to be made, please consider one of these organizations that Arjuna was related to: Bread of Life, https://www.breadoflifemission.org/donate; Breitenbush Fire Recovery Fund, https://breitenbush.com/; Healing Arts Center PO Box 304, 453 North Beach Road, Eastsound, WA 98245.