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Kristen Johnson Fluhrer

Kristen Johnson Fluhrer

April 15, 1947 ~ January 16, 2013

Born April 15, 1947 (quite appropriate for a future tax lawyer) in Rhode Island, Kris was raised as a "Navy Brat" and she and her two older sisters, Carol and Hope, grew up traveling the globe and spending their allowance on everything from croissants in Paris to new shoes (a life-long love) in Anchorage. Her father was eventually posted for naval duty at the Sand Point Naval Air Station in Seattle and Kris graduated from Bothell High School, going on to obtain her bachelor's degree from Mills College in Oakland, California. After a series of post-college adventures (including stints as a telephone operator and a stewardess for a charter airline), she went on to graduate from the University of Washington Law School as a member of one of the first classes with a significant percentage of women. She met her future husband, Gary, at UW Law School where he was her classmate. After graduating from law school, Kris went on to become the first female director of the Snohomish County Public Defender's Office.

Kris stayed at home for a while to raise her two daughters, Ashley and Caroline; her daughters were the absolute light of her life and greatly benefitted from her total dedication and love. She was so proud of Ashley and Caroline's accomplishments, "adorable" husbands, and was looking forward to the birth of her first grandchild in February, 2013. When Kris went back to work, she found great satisfaction as an international tax specialist, retiring from KPMG in 2011. In her spare time, she loved lattes, bridge, playing soccer, and spending time with friends and family.

Kris passed away peacefully in the Laurelhurst home she loved after a 20-year battle with breast cancer. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Captain L.E. "Steve" Johnson and Eloise Johnson (who was also one of her best friends throughout her life). She is survived by her husband, Gary E. Fluhrer, Seattle, WA; her daughters and their spouses, Ashley and Steven Greenberg, Seattle, WA; and Caroline and Joshua Traube, Boulder, CO. She is also survived by her two sisters and their spouses, children, and grandchildren: Hope and Greg LaBrache, Thousand Oaks, CA (sons Kyle and Cameron and families) and Carol and Mike Fitzpatrick, Kirkland, WA (sons Brian (deceased) and Todd).

Mom was vivacious, loving, and generous to the end and we loved her dearly. She loved her family more than anything and was strong and selfless for us and for all of her dear friends. She was a trailblazer for her generation and will be greatly missed. At her request, there will not be a funeral service. Remembrances may be made to Seattle Cancer Care Alliance or the charity of your choosing.

Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 2013
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