Arjuna Irene Barton (Diane Welty) | Passages

Arjuna passed from this world on Oct. 4, 2020 attended to by her children and surrounded with loving energy from her family and close friends.

The sudden and unexpected onset of pancreatic cancer took everyone by surprise and took her from us with extreme swiftness. There wasn’t time for many last goodbyes although she held all her family and friends in her heart and thoughts.

Diane Irene Barton was born on Dec. 17, 1947 and was the first child of the family. They lived in Illinois, Puerto Rico, Florida and Washington state. She spent much of her childhood in the sun, sand and ocean water. The freedoms of island life in Puerto Rico fed her spirit and she would fondly remember her friends and the adventures they had there. Learning the ocean, swimming and surfing in Florida strengthened her body and she became a regular lifeguard at the beaches near their home. Moving to Washington state for her senior year of high school was an incredible change leading into the beginning of her adult life.

After high school and some college, Diane settled in the La Conner area near friends that she remained very close with her entire 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 the activities of her children. She worked many years at Bilbo’s, did bookkeeping for businesses, taught Spanish and did dispatch shifts for emergency services.

She was an adventurous and great cook and loved potluck gatherings with friends. She took ballet lessons, studied spiritual practices, gardened, swam at the lake, performed in plays and musicals, and attended all the Little League games. She became more interested in healing arts and eventually went to Seattle and trained to be a professional massage practitioner. This became her lifelong career and she added to it with Reiki training, counseling, and energy work. She was making changes and decided on a new first name of Arjuna. With her new career she moved to Bainbridge Island to work in the Kitsap area and eventually to Oregon and Arizona before coming back to the Pacific Northwest where she stayed.

Arjuna expanded her spiritual life and practiced Western Buddhism. She was a devoted and steadfast contributor to her Buddhist community. Arjuna was also dedicated to education and was proud of earning her Bachelor’s degree and the many continuing education credits in massage, healing arts and counseling. Arjuna also had a great love of music, dancing, and having a night out and she was lifted up and truly adored sharing good times with people.

Time spent with her grandchildren was extremely important to Arjuna and she had special connections with each. She was a loving mother and is greatly missed. Family was important and she was so happy to have been able to visit her sister in recent years. We will all miss the light Arjuna brought to our lives and her unique and beautiful presence. Arjuna (Diane) lived a full, varied life and had many adventures large and small. She lived in the pursuit of knowledge, in love with art and beauty, and in dedication to her ideals and practices.

Arjuna is survived by her sister, former husband, children, grandchildren, niece, nephew and her many dear friends. Arjuna was preceded in death by her father, mother, step-father, uncle, brother as well as several close friends.

A gathering to celebrate Arjuna will be held in Skagit Valley on Oct. 2, 2021. For information on attending, please email: If a gift of remembrance would like to be made, please consider one of these organizations that Arjuna had a connection with: Bread of Life,; Breitenbush fire recovery fund,; Healing Arts Center PO Box 304, 453 North Beach Road, Eastsound, WA 98245.