Denise Kelly Crist
1961 - 2020
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August 31, 1961 ˜ August 23, 2020
February 27, 1967 ˜ March 17,

Denise Kelly Crist, age 58, passed suddenly on Aug. 23, 2020, from complications due to a stroke. Denise was born in Everett, WA, to Bob and JoAnne Crist.
The family moved to Vancouver when Denise was young, where she attended Shumway Jr. High and Hudson’s Bay High School (GO EAGLES!), then Clark College in the nursing program.
Denise was a nurse at TeleCare, and, for the last 10 years, Evergreen School District. She loved her job and the kids she worked with.
Denise met and kept many great friends along the way. She traveled to Mexico and Hawaii at times for R & R.
Denise was preceded in death by her brother, David Crist, who passed last year at age 52 from medical conditions including diabetes. He was in the Marine Reserves and worked for Boeing and Flow Technologies. David lived in Federal Way, WA.
Her older sister, Debbie Crist Wynkoop and husband, Jim Wynkoop, passed several years ago from cancer. They are survived by two wonderful children, Matthew James and Katie (Nicole) Pullen.
David and Denise are survived by her mother, JoAnne Crist; aunt, Mollie Donnelly; and cousins, Susan Holloway, San-D Holloway Brown and Cathy Hartley.
A private celebration of life for Denise and David will be held in the near future. In the meantime, Denise asked those who wish to donate, please give to Make a Wish Foundation and/or The Humane Society of Southwest Washington.
A personal message from Mom:
“To all my children: I want to thank you all so much for giving me so many years of Love and Happiness and for always being there for each other. I love and miss you so much! Until we meet again.”
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Published in The Columbian on Oct. 18, 2020.
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October 20, 2020
I remember her beautiful smile and her love of laughing. Sore high, fellow HBHEagle!
Susan Pierson Whitworth
October 20, 2020
Dear JoAnne,
I am so sorry to read about Denise and David. I do remember when Debbie and her husband Jim passed. My heart hurts for you in your time of grief. I understand that feeling very well as my son Tom passed in June of 2017.
May your many happy memories bring you peace now and forever.
Carol Cassidy
October 20, 2020
I have so many fond memories of Denise. She never forgot my birthday always sending a creative card. I can’t count the number of handmade ornaments that hang on my tree every year. ❤
Terri Chapman-Lee
October 19, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Janell Murphy
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