Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302


the Inland Register

(From the January 15, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

Joan Norinne Mary (Browne) Malone

Joan Malone, wife of Deacon Dick Malone of Spokane, died in the arms of her loving family on Dec. 13.

The vigil was held Dec. 19 at St. Mary Parish, Spokane Valley. The funeral Mass was celebrated there the next morning.

Joan was born on Feb. 23, 1929 in Seattle to Byron E. (Jack) and Elinor (McIntyre) Browne. She attended Garfield High School and the University of Washington, where she belonged to the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority.

She married Richard F. Malone on May 27, 1950. They lived in Seattle and Pomeroy, Wash., before settling in Spokane in 1969.

She will be remembered by her large family and many friends for her quick wit and warm and generous heart. She lived her life to the fullest, always active in her childrenís lives, whether it be Cub Scouts, St. Patrickís Day celebrations, or neighborhood Easter celebrations in Pomeroy. She honored her Irish heritage and love of all things Irish when she opened The Little Irish Shop In An Out Of The Way Place in the Spokane Valley, where visitors could always find good, lively conversation and laughter, while Irish music played in the background.

Joan loved the theater and spent many years as an actor, director, and prop master in Spokaneís theater community.

She was preceded in death by two children, Mary Aletha and Joseph Corey. She is survived by her husband, Deacon Dick Malone; eight children: Mike (Debbie), Dan (Retta), Laura, Kevin (Christine), Colin (Teri), Sean (Alicia), Brynne, and Eric (Julie); 22 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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