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Christine GERKE


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Christine GERKE Obituary
GERKE, Christine "Queenie"
July 19, 1948 - June 10, 2018

Chris passed away peacefully surrounded by family. She was the beloved daughter of Earl and Betty (Mahn) Richardson. She was born in Spokane, WA, attended Catholic school until the eighth grade and then graduated from North Central High School. She had two children, and then attended Eastern Washington University where she got her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, which would end up being her life's work. This is where she met her second husband Bill Gerke, whom she spent nearly 40 years with. Soon after they moved to Weston, OR, and made their final home in Walla Walla, WA.

Chris was very passionate about her work, which led her to start her own non-profit, Cascade-Blue Mountain Food Share where she at times moved 1,000,000 pounds of food in a year to various food banks around the state. She had 1,000s of volunteers throughout her career and had a knack for uniting people.

Her friends call her Queenie, a name she did not take lightly. She was very proud of her family, especially her grandchildren, they were her pride and joy. She instilled in her children to follow her example to go to college and was very proud that they both followed suit.

Chris will be remembered for her infectious cackle, sharp wit, sharp tongue, brutal honesty, and the ability to "smell a rat" a mile away. But most of all, she will be remembered for her family and close friends.

She is survived by by her husband, Bill of 39 years; and two children, Terry Carpenter (Misty), and Janna White (John). She is survived by five grandchildren, Connor, Kylie, Brayden, Fisher and Victoria, as well as several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews, and also six siblings: Marv Richardson, Joanne Babin, Paul Richardson (Julie), Tom Richardson (Candy), and Renae Dehle (Bob). She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Betty, and her beloved sister Kathleen, as well as her in-laws, Roger and Grace Gerke.

Please send a donation to your favorite local charity in lieu of flowers. There will be a graveside service at the Moran Prairie Cemetery in Spokane, WA on Friday, June 15, 2018 at 2 PM. We will have a celebration of life on July 21st at Mom's warehouse, 351 S. 3rd Ave. in Walla Walla, WA at 2 PM.
Published in Spokesman-Review on June 13, 2018
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