Joan K. Brannock
April 17, 1928 to March 11, 2019
Joan Kristerson Brannock was born on April 17, 1928 and passed away March 11, 2019, at the age of 90, following an extended illness. Joan is much happier now in the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Joan was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was born in Seattle, Wash., to John and Ruth Kristerson. She graduated from Queen Anne High School and went on to get a bachelor's degree from Washington State University and a master's in teaching from Oregon State University. It was at OSU that she met her husband of 57 years, L. Douglas Brannock. They married June 10, 1961. She worked as an elementary school teacher for several years, but then gave that up to raise their two children, whom she loved with all her heart. Joan had the gift of hospitality and was a great cook. She also loved teaching Sunday school and participating in Bible Study Fellowship. She could commonly be found reading the Bible. Joan was also very proud of her Swedish heritage and her alma mater, Washington State University. She enjoyed camping and the outdoors. Joan and her sister Ruth would plan a "girl's camping trip" every year. She treasured these memories. Joan had a goofy sense of humor and when she laughed, people around her had no choice but to laugh with her. She was grandmother to 11 grandchildren and was very proud of each one of them. She also had several dogs over the years and each one was very special to her. Joan and Doug lived in Lake Oswego, Ore. for over 40 years and moved to Walla Walla, Wash., in 2017 to be closer to family. She is survived by her husband, Doug; sister, Ruth Christensen of Bremerton, Wash.; her children, Kristen (Dave) Jepsen of Walla Walla, Wash., and Kirk (Sandi) Brannock of Gaston, Ore.; as well as her grandchildren Drew, Dane, David and Sophie Jepsen and Cameron, Eric, Cole, Thaxton, Emerson, Amira and Elyana Brannock. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. April 6, 2019 at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, 4040 Sunset Drive, Lake Oswego, where she was a member for many years. A memorial webpage is available at https://everloved.com/life-of/joan-k-rannock.