Joanne Evans
Joanne Evans
Joanne Evans
Joanne Evans
Joanne Evans

Obituary of Joanne Rose Evans

Joanne Rose (Balsley) Evans passed away January 4, 2023, in Tenino, Washington, her home the last six years.  She was born May 4, 1939, to Gerald Otto Balsley and Leona Emma (Rahm) Balsley in Devils Lake, North Dakota. She lived most of her life in Centralia, Washington, but also resided in Adna and Seattle, Washington, and California.


Joanne graduated from Adna High School in 1957 and attended some college.  She married Robert Timothy Evans on March 18, 1961, in Centralia; he passed away September 20, 2006.   Professionally, Joanne was a State Auditor.


Joanne was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend.  She gave of herself unconditionally by not only raising her own children but foster children, grandchildren, and her children’s friends who needed a helping hand.  She loved family get togethers, lunch with friends, arts and crafts, crocheting, bingo, and gambling.


Joanne is survived by her sons, J. Gunnar (Sandie) Evans and E. Matt (Audra) Evans; daughters, Jeanine L. Evans and Timi Jo Evans; six grandchildren; brother, Gary (Alene) Balsey; and sisters, Karen Mohoric and Jill (Denny) Greene.  She was predeceased by her parents; husband; foster daughter, Anne Morrison; brother-in-law, Gary Mohoric; father-in-law, Clinton Evans; and mother-in-law, Evelyn Evans.


Services will be held Saturday, June 3, 2023, 1:00 p.m. at the American Legion, 111 W. Main St., Centralia, WA 98531.


Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s, Heart, Kidney, or Cancer Foundations.


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