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Joeanne Sarver


Joeanne & Larry Sarver

Joeanne Sarver (Barbee) passed away peacefully in Colfax, Washington on June 29, 2020, at the age of 82. Joeanne is survived by her husband of 54 years, Lawrence Sarver of Colfax, Wash .; two sons, Ronald Krieger of Colfax, WA and Stacy Sarver of Moscow, Idaho; two grandsons, John Krieger of San Antonio, Texas, and Dakota Sarver of Spokane, WA; brother Geoff Barbee (Susie) of Yakima, Wash., sister Sheilah Murphy (Melvin) of Spokane, Wash., as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ronald and Geraldine Barbee and sister RonnaLee Hansen (John).

Joeanne was born on December 16, 1937, in Toppenish, Washington. She grew up and lived her life in Colfax, where she graduated from Colfax High School in 1957. She married Larry in 1966. She began working for Dr. Maurice Bryant and St. Ignatius Hospital as a nurse's aide in the late 60's. She continued to utilize her nursing skills in caring for many elderly patients in her later years.

She was a witty and boisterous individual with a gregarious laugh who loved reading, crafting, needlework, quilting and derived much joy from watching hummingbirds in her backyard as well as cheering on the Gonzaga men's basketball team from afar. Joeanne was passionate about the Deep South and studied it intensely. She and Larry were blessed to take several vacations over the years to the area. She was an active and dedicated member of Beta Sigma Phi for 50+ years.

The family would like to thank her niece, Heidi Sorenson and Kindred Care Hospice Moscow, Idaho, for their care and dedication during Joeanne's final days. Bruning Funeral Home of Colfax, WA is caring for the family. On-line condolences can be made at http://www.bruningfuneralhome.com.


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