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Joan C. Heikell


Joan Heikell

Joan (Joanie) Gail Thompson Heikell passed away peacefully, with her 3 most beloved children at her side October 12, 2015.

She was born in Tacoma, Washington on April 21, 1934 to Hope Shipley and Douglas Thompson. After graduating in from high school in Tacoma, she went to Central Washington University, obtaining her bachelors' degree and a teaching certificate. She taught elementary school in a variety of settings, the most notable of which was Tulalip Indian Reservation in Marysville, Washington.

Joan had three children Eric, Mark and Dorothy while married to Robert Heikell, before the two divorced in 1966.

In 1972, Joan married her college sweetheart Eldred Heikell, gaining two step-daughters. Joan and El moved to Beaverton, Oregon, where Joan decided to be a homemaker until El's retirement. During these years, they purchased land and built their dream home in Goldendale, Washington, where they retired in 1989, and spent the last 26 years.

Following the death of El, in 2013, Joan lived in the house, with the help of El's daughter Nita, whom she now loved as her "own" daughter. Joan enjoyed all the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who came to visit.

Joan is survived by her brother Ron Thompson of Seattle, Washington; daughter Dorothy Heikell of Moses Lake, Washington; son Mark Heikell of Arlington, Washington; daughter Nita Heikell of Goldendale, Washington; son-in-law Jeff Howard of Seattle, Washington, and many beloved in-laws, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her husband Eldred Heikell, son Eric Heikell, grandson Scott Heikell, mother Hope Jones, and father Douglas Thompson.

The family plans to inter Joan's ashes next to Eldred's in a small ceremony at Tahoma Cemetery at a future date. They request, instead of flowers, that donations be made in Joan's honor to the Alzheimers' Association.


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