Dee Etta Dell Steffen

February 17, 1929May 13, 2019

Dee Etta Del Wubbens Steffen, passed away at the age of 90 on Monday, May 13 surrounded by her daughters, granddaughter and great granddaughter.

Dee lived in Spokane most of her life, residing the last five years at the Touchmark Retirement Community.

Dee was born in Yakima, Washington on February 17, 1929. Her parents were Lillian and Edward Wubbens. Dee enjoyed growing up with five siblings – Vivian, Vernon, Marvin, Margaret, and Jean. Living during the Great Depression and WW II made a lasting impact on Dee who was patriotic, thrifty, and a hard worker. She was one who persevered under great trial and was always hopeful that tomorrow was going to be better than today.

Dee was very artistic and always had some sort of project in the works, whether she was sewing a new outfit for her girls, tending her lush flower gardens, or baking her authentic Scottish shortbread to perfection. In her 60s she took up oil painting and created hundreds of beautiful murals, mainly of flowers and landscapes. She loved color which was shown not only in her paintings but the way she dressed or decorated her home.

Dee and her husband Bud owned the Highland House Restaurant on East Trent for many decades. They strived to serve the best food possible and provided a place of employment for dozens of people who were considered family. After they sold the Highland House, they purchased Trent Hardware and enjoyed being business owners once again until they permanently retired and moved to a large home at Liberty Lake.

Dee was proceeded in death by her husband Julius (Bud), her brother Vernon who was killed in action during WWII, and her sister Margaret who passed away tragically in 1957. Her sister Vivian and brother Marvin also proceeded her in death in recent years. Dee is survived by her sister Jean of Spokane, two daughters, Chris Gust (Michael) of Cape Coral, Florida and Julie Alvis (Rick) of Greenwood IN. Grandchildren include Marie (Travis) Hansen of Spokane who served as Dee’s faithful caregiver, Leesa Gust of Cheney, WA, Bethany (David) Alvis-Wininger of Indianapolis, Nathan (Joy) Alvis of Indianapolis, and Kyle (Kristen) of Whitestown, Indiana. Three great grandchildren - Hannah Hansen who spent many hours doting on her great grandmother, Jack Julius Alvis, and Isabelle Alvis along with several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Friday, May 17 at 3 pm at Touchmark, 2929 South Waterford Drive. The service will be held in the Forum on the second floor of the main building.

As Dee would say “bye bye for now.”


  • Graveside Service Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, May 17, 2019


Dee Etta Dell Steffen

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Louise & Dave Inchauspe

May 17, 2019

Dave and I so loved being a part of Dee’s life sharing celebrations of Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, birthdays and Thanksgiving. She was always so grateful, gracious and full of vip and vinegar , not wanting to be left out of any of the laughter while family members reminisced growing up in her life. You will be missed Dear Dee.

Gloria Alvis

May 16, 2019

I remember Dee as being a very beautiful lady, inside and out...............always dressed so tastefully and such a wonderful artist............she was a hard worker in all she, with my love and prayers to the family of Dee Steffens, she will always be in your girls were blessed to have a great Mom.................I send my love to you, Julie and family.................
Gloria Alvis

Sheri Rae

May 15, 2019

Auntie Dee, I have many good memories of you, your garden, your cooking, your art and sewing. Your life was well lived. You will be missed. Love, Sheri