Joan Marie Champoux Rude

10/26/1942 — 04/24/2007

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Yakima, Washington

Joan Marie Champoux Rude

Joan Marie Champoux Rude, 64, of Richland WA, died of a stroke on Tuesday, April 24, 2007, in Kadlec Hospital.

Joan was born on October 26, 1942 in Yakima, WA, to Dr. C.G. and Virginia Champoux, the second of five children. She grew up in Yakima and graduated from St. Joseph Academy. She attended Holy Names College, Spokane, and graduated from Seattle University in 1965 with a degree in medical records science. She was Board certified as a Medical Records Librarian in 1966.

Joan met the love of her life, Pete, at Seattle University. They were married in October 1965. Their first home was at Ft. Lewis, WA, where Pete was a 2nd Lt. In the U.S. Army. In January 1966 Pete was sent to Viet Nam but returned in time for the birth of their first son, Paul, in August of that year. The young couple moved to Richland where Pete went to work at Hanford. Their second son, Tom, was born in April 1968.

Joan worked for twenty-five years in health information management at Mid Columbia Mental Health, HEHF, Kadlec Hospital and as a consultant for several nursing homes. She was a member of Washington State Medical Records Association, American Medical Records Association, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, Young Ladies Instititute and a Guardian ad Litem for Benton County.

Her life centered around her family, church and community. She always put others’ needs before her own. She organized the first dinner auction for Catholic Family and Child Services and was instrumental in organizing the first Christ the King Sausage Fest. In addition, she served the Church through parish council membership, was a board member of Christ the King School, she served as a Eucharistic Minister, and in visitation ministry to the sick and the elderly of the parish, and served as school nurse. Both Joan and Pete were members of the “Spirit of Love Community Prayer Group” for over thirty years.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband of forty-two years, Pete, her sons, Maj. Paul Rude, U.S.A.F. Jennifer of Brunswick, GA, Tom Rude D.D.S., of Seattle, three grand children, Katie, Lauren, and Daniel Rude of Brunswick, four siblings, Rev. Tom Champoux of Richland, Carol John Penny, Suzanne Bill Lindberg, Drs. Jim Ann Champoux all of Seattle, and seven nieces and nephews.

A recitation of the Rosary will be held on Friday, May 11th at 7:00 P.M., at Christ the King Church in Richland and a Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 12th at 11:00 A.M., also at Christ the King Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Family and Child Services, 2139 Van Giesen St., Richland, WA 99354 or St. Vincent de Paul Society, 1111 Stevens Drive, Richland, WA, 99354.

To My Dearest Joan, “T.L.W.F.”. Love, Pete

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  • We will remember Joan as an outstanding lady. We are thinking of all of you and sending our prayers.

    Peggy and Meg Lewis
    November 4, 2014
    Kirkland, WA, US
  • Our love and prayers go out to Joan’s family. May you all be filled with peace that passes understanding and may you find comfort and consolation wrapped in the loving arms of our Father. Joan’s life is worthy of celebration.

    Priscilla and John Cadwell
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • We will always remember Joan as a sweet, loving and caring person. We miss her and think of you both daily. We are priviledged to know her and count her as a friend.May you take comfort in the knowledge that she is safe in the love of our Lord. Her separation is only temporary. We will all meet again. God bless you and keep you.

    Dale and Carol

    Dale and Carol Hayes
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Dear Pete,

    We were so sorry to hear about Joan.

    I remember her as an outgoing young lady who was always fun to speak to and kid a little bit.

    Sincerely,

    Jim Dooley,

    Joan’s cousin

    Jim & Irene Dooley
    November 4, 2014
    Camano, Island, WA, 98282, USA
  • To the Champoux and Rude families,

    My sincere sympathy on the loss of Joan. What a wonderful and special person she was! She made the trip to Yakima with her husband for both my mom and dad’s funerals, and was a great friend to our family! Rest in peace, Joan–we love you!

    Debbie Ditter Curry
    November 4, 2014
    Yakima, WA, US
  • Pete and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Joan as a sincerely friendly and caring person. Please know that my thoughts are with you at this time.

    Sandy Rowley
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • We will remember Joan as an outstanding lady. We are thinking of all of you and sending our prayers.

    Peggy and Meg Lewis
    November 4, 2014
    Kirkland, WA, US
  • Our love and prayers go out to Joan’s family. May you all be filled with peace that passes understanding and may you find comfort and consolation wrapped in the loving arms of our Father. Joan’s life is worthy of celebration.

    Priscilla and John Cadwell
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • We will always remember Joan as a sweet, loving and caring person. We miss her and think of you both daily. We are priviledged to know her and count her as a friend.May you take comfort in the knowledge that she is safe in the love of our Lord. Her separation is only temporary. We will all meet again. God bless you and keep you.

    Dale and Carol

    Dale and Carol Hayes
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Dear Pete,

    We were so sorry to hear about Joan.

    I remember her as an outgoing young lady who was always fun to speak to and kid a little bit.

    Sincerely,

    Jim Dooley,

    Joan’s cousin

    Jim & Irene Dooley
    November 4, 2014
    Camano, Island, WA, 98282, USA
  • To the Champoux and Rude families,

    My sincere sympathy on the loss of Joan. What a wonderful and special person she was! She made the trip to Yakima with her husband for both my mom and dad’s funerals, and was a great friend to our family! Rest in peace, Joan–we love you!

    Debbie Ditter Curry
    November 4, 2014
    Yakima, WA, US
  • Pete and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Joan as a sincerely friendly and caring person. Please know that my thoughts are with you at this time.

    Sandy Rowley
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Pete,Paul&Tom,

    Our sincerest condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Byrne & Jill Haskins

    Erin & Jimmy Perryman

    Haskins & Perryman
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Joan was always so very happy to see our girls around the neighborhood and at Church. We couldn’t ask for nicer neighbors!! Pete, you and your family are in our prayers. We know Joan is in good hands.

    David & Annamaria Praga & Girls
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Dear Pete, Paul and Tom: What a friend Joan was to us…always made us feel welcome when we moved here…Joan and I were always able to laugh or critisize each other..not others…just each other and come out laughing in the end…That..my friends…is a wonderful relationship. Her smile was contagious..and..she always tried to call each person by first name…that made her a very caring person to all.

    Joan touched a lot of lives and she will, certainly, leave an empty place in our hearts. She is one that will never be forgotten. Love to all of you. Vicki and Kim

    Vicki and Kim Henry
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Dear Pete, we will always remember how kind you and Joan have been to us over the last 30 years, since we met at the square dance class in Richland in 1976. You made us big city dwellers feel welcome in this high desert. Your welcome brought us to Yakima, where we have enjoyed so many wonderful years. We also felt lucky to run into you at Wapato Point. Our prayers are with you in the loss of the love of your life. Please accept our condolences. Fondly Ulla and Andrew Whitmont.

    Andrew and Ulla Whitmont
    November 4, 2014
    Yakima, WA, US