Barbara Joan Kershner

Barbara Joan
(Age 76)

Of Medical Lake, WA, died from cancer related comp-lications at her home of 36 years on Saturday, January 29th, 2011. Born Barbara Joan Gove in Victorville, CA to Cedric and Mae Orton Gove. After graduating as validictorian of Victorville High School, she married John M Kershner of Patoski, MI in 1953. Joan joined John in service to the USAF's Survival School where she was a civilian Administrative Secretary. She made lifelong friendships before retiring in 1989 after 30+ years of service. After retirement, Joan became very active in Masonic organizations throughout Washington and Idaho dedicating her time to Rainbow, Eastern Star, Amaranth and Shrine on local, state and national levels. John and Joan were married almost 51 years when John passed in June 2005. Joan is survived by her sister Pat Goldstein; children Cindy Deresch (Pat), Coleen D'Angelo (Gary), Niles Kershner (Debbie), Mikie Block (Steve), Jon Kershner (Janie); grandchildren Tricia Hodgson Dormaier, Bobbi Hodgson Jeffers, Sueann Casey Kuhn, Dusty Lynn Kershner, Michael Casey, Amy Kershner, Chayse Giffin Hanson, Lisa Kurle, Nickolas Block, Jackie Kershner and Alexandra Kershner; great-grandchildren Taylor, Madeleine, Claire, Quin, Justin, Chloe, Olivia, Josephine, Pendleton, Trenton, Zachariah and Aiden; cousins, nieces and nephews. The lives of those she touched are forever changed for the better. Joan truly loved life and lived it to its fullest. Memorial Services will be on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the Spokane Masonic Center, W. 1108 Riverside, at 2pm and all are welcome to attend. RIPLINGER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 4305 N. DIVISION, SPOKANE, WA.

Published in Spokesman-Review from Mar. 6 to Mar. 7, 2011