The long goodbye came to an end on March 11th, when Joan Elizabeth Griffith passed away. Joan fought a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Born June 10th, 1942 on her brother Edward II’s 3rd birthday to Edward and Angeline Andrie in Brooklyn, New York.
After high school and work, adventurous Joan began her U.S. and world travels. Joan met her husband Larry in Frankfurt, Germany. Joan and Larry were married May 26th, 1968 in Brooklyn. They went to Yakima, Washington in 1968. They came to Spokane, Washington in 1969, where she started to further her education with a B.A. and Masters in Criminal Justice from Eastern Washington University.
Joan started her career with the Court of Appeals as a secretary for Judge Ray Munson. Going on from there with various stops along the way and retiring as one the first Family Court Facilitators in the state.
Joan tried many hobbies, hook rugs, painting, stained glass, and pottery. She also liked sailing on Lake Pend Oreille with friends. Joan was active in the cause against Domestic Violence and worked to form the Spokane County Domestic Violence Consortium.
Joan is survived by her husband Larry, son Teague, her brother Edward Andrie II and his wife Peggy, two nephews Eddie and John Andrie, and many cousins. Joan was preceded in death by her parents, son Seth, and nephew Tim. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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