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Obituary: Joan Christianson


Joan Christianson, age 90, passed away on February 13, 2022, in Spokane, Washington. Joan
was born on November 11, 1931, to Robert and Elizabeth (Pratt) Ingram in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Joan would meet the love of her life, Leonard Christianson, and after a courtship, the two
would be wed in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Joan and Leonard would welcome three children, Grant, Lynn,
and Danna-Ben, and in 1956, the family would relocate to Auburn, WA, where Joan and Leonard
would welcome their fourth child, Beth.


In her mid-twenties, Joan had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and after working with a
doctor in her home, her symptoms went into remission, and she was able to progress from being
bed-ridden. Shortly after she entered training to become an LPN, an achievement that she and her
family were extremely proud of. During that course work their fourth child was born.

When Joan wasn’t working, she loved the outdoors, swimming, camping, or simply being in
the sunshine. She enjoyed oil painting and a variety of artistic activities. In the mid-2000s, Joan and
Leonard would relocate to Ione, WA to be closer to their son, Grant, and quietly resided there until
their gradual decline in health led them to Buena Vista in Colville.

Joan was preceded in death by her loving husband of 67 years, Leonard Christianson; her
parents, Robert and Elizabeth Ingram; brothers Grant and Danny (Peter) Ingram, and granddaughters
Yvonne and Jessica Christianson. She is survived by her four children, Grant, Lynn, Danna-Ben, and
Beth; her eight grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Joan’s life will be announced at a later date. Please visit the online memorial
and sign the guestbook at


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