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Joan Claussen

Joan Claussen was called to the Lord on August 1, 2023. Joan was a "real" Vermonter having been born in that state on March 31, 1945. She relocated to eastern Washington in the late 1970s. She was a nurse by vocation but a reader by avocation as her many family, friends, and patrons can attest.

As proprietor of Main Street Books, Colfax, Joan spent many years inspiring readers young and old to the richness that books bring to our lives. Not neglecting the animal lovers in her midst, she provided store-cats to pet as a stress reliever; and was ably assisted by Gravy, her Jack Russell terrier. Main Street Books served as an unofficial community communications center for those who felt the need to connect about local, regional, national, and international events. Of particular interest were discussions about "her boys," the Gonzaga Bulldogs men's basketball team.

Prior to Main Street Books, Joan shared her nursing skills at several hospitals, convalescent/assisted living centers in both Spokane and Whitman Counties. More recently at The Courtyard, Colfax, where, as always, she had a patient heart and an interested, listening ear for those in her care.

Joan will be missed by many but most especially by son Shaun (Lisa) Luther of Mohnton, Penn., and daughter Amy Luther of Everett, Wash .; grandsons Colin (Kayla) Luther and Cameron Luther; great-grandson Charlie Luther; siblings Alma Fournier, Diane Rooney, Pamela (John) Harrell, William (Cin) Fanton, Raymond Fanton; aunt Charlotte Dykeman as well as a plethora of nieces, great-nieces, nephews, great-nephews, and cousins.

There will be no services. Donations are welcome in her name at the American Cancer Society, Hope Center in Moscow, ID,, or other charity of choice.


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