Former Parkite dies in Ky. |

Former Parkite dies in Ky.

Park City business owner Danna Walters, 59, died Sunday in her home town of Pikeville, Kentucky. During flash flooding in eastern Kentucky this week, Walters was drowned at a Pikeville pond.

In Park City, Walters was known for her high-end women’s clothing and home decor boutique, Nativo, which was a staple on upper Main Street for nearly ten years.

"She had quite an aesthetic imprint on Main Street," said Joanna Charnes, friend and loyal patron of Nativo.

Nativo closed about four and a half years ago, and Walters moved back to her hometown in Kentucky. Charnes said Walters had just received an occupational therapy license before she died.

"She was embarking on a whole new phase of life helping others," Charnes said.

Walters graduated with degrees from the University of Puget Sound and Pepperdine University. An obituary published in the Lexington Herald in Kentucky highlighted her design to learn and love of nature and style.

Walters worked as director of operations at Williams Sonoma and was a founding director of the Pottery Barn catalog, which won several national awards, said the obituary.

"Danna was a lovely individual, extremely sensitive, she had somewhat of a fragile soul," Charnes said.

In the obituary, the family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Appalachian SPCA.

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