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Obituary: Pflugrad, Joan Elizabeth

PFLUGRAD, Joan Elizabeth Benninger Born in Chewelah, WA July 5, 1933 to Frank and Cecil Benninger and passed away in Spokane, WA on Sunday, October 19, 2014.

She was the first child in her family to be born in a hospital.

She spent her childhood living in Chewelah, WA in a log cabin on the Flowery Trail.

She attended Notre Dame Academy in Colton, WA graduating in 1950.

She worked as a gas hop while attending beauty school earning a beautician certificate.

She became a beauty operator in Spokane.

She married Winton Pflugrad in 1952 in Coeur D’Alene, ID.

They resided in Cle Elum, WA, then later moved to Mount Lake Terrace, WA for a short time, then relocating to Port Angeles, WA and finally settling in the Ballard, a suburb of Seattle, WA, where their four children were raised.

She enjoyed Golden Gardens beach, the locks and Green Lake.

After her children were grown she went back to work as a biller with Blue Cross in the Seattle and Bellevue offices.

In 1987, she moved to Spokane to care for her mother.

While there she worked for McDonalds in their senior program.

She met many dear friends from this job while living at Contempo and finally at the retirement center.

She made friends where ever she went.

While in Spokane she enjoyed going out to Green Bluff with her friends, River Front Park and seeing friends at McDonalds.

She took an interest in our family history with just a few names written on a small piece of paper that one of the relatives had told her.

From that, she expanded to writing books, making charts and helping others with their books about our family.

She spent many years in the library searching and studying to make it interesting for others.

Beloved mother of Wendy Madrigal of Show Low, AZ, Leslie Sanders of Gooding, ID, Kris Pflugrad of Fort Worth, TX and Jody Pflugrad of Longbranch, WA.

Beloved grandmother of Ian Madrigal, Kendall Gilchrist, Joanna Madrigal-Holt, Laura Snyder, David Pflugrad and Natalie Pflugrad.

Great-grandmother to Ethan Valle-Madrigal, Leelu and Arlo Gilchrist and Kira Holt.

Surviving brother Joseph Benninger of Yuma, AZ.

Preceded in death by her husband Winton Pflugrad; sister Mary Everett and brother John Benninger.

Memorial will be Thursday, October 23rd at Contempo, 1205 E. Lyons at 1:00 P.M.

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