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Obituary: Williams, Joan Deane

Age 87

WILLIAMS, Joan Deane (Age 87) Passed away on Friday, November 23, 2012 at the Extended Care Facility in Bonners Ferry, ID. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the Grandview Cemetery in Bonners Ferry with Dave Gause officiating. Joan was born December 23, 1924 to Irene and George Hieber in Helena, MT. For four years her family lived in Marysville, MT then moved to Spokane, WA. After graduating from North Central High School, Joan entered nurse’s training at Sacred Heart Hospital. In 1946 she became a Registered Nurse, then a bride when she married Donald Williams. Every three years the couple produced another daughter until the tally reached three: Shara, Barbara and Marilyn. For 38 years Joan continued to work part time in coronary intensive care at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital until she retired in 1984. Joan and Don moved into the Restorium in Bonners Ferry in 2008. Devoted to God and her family she was an active member of Salem Lutheran Church, Sorosis, a women’s service organization, and various book clubs. Joan volunteered at “Our Place”, a neighborhood drop-in center in downtown Spokane, and Riverview Terrace’s gift shop. She enjoyed tending her flowers and hummingbirds, knitting, camping, swimming, picking huckleberries, skating, skiing and soaking in as many hot springs as possible-preferably with her husband and grandchildren. Her wisdom and positive countenance will be missed. Her faith and graceful acceptance of change will continue to inspire. Now joining her husband, who preceded her in death along with her daughter Marilyn Rinehart, parents and sister Lois, Joan is survived by two daughters, Shara White and Barbara Lindgren of Bonners Ferry; eight grandchildren: Taran and Tyga White; Aaron, Adrian and Reuben McCrum; Randy and Jen Rinehart, Sherri Alderman; four great-grandchildren and “true blue” friend David Siebanthaler. Memorials in her name may be sent to Bonner Community Hospice, 520 North 3rd, Sandpoint, ID. 83864. Please visit Joan’s online memorial at and sign her guest book. LAKEVIEW FUNERAL HOME, Sandpoint, ID