Krista Sandness

10/21/1971 — 02/02/2019

From Spokane, WA

Krista Sandness

KRISTA LEIGH SANDNESS
October 21, 1971 - February 2, 2019

Krista was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1971 and moved with her family to Richland, Washington in 1973.  As a child and as an adult, she was a loving, kind, creative, and compassionate person with a zany sense of humor.  She had many talents, many interests, and a zest for life.  Her great loves were theater, writing, travel, animals, and the outdoors.  Even in elementary school, she excelled in many areas.  At age 11, she danced the role of Clara in the Nutcracker Ballet.  As a student she won many awards for her writing.  She also loved hiking, backpacking, and skiing in the mountains with her family.

In high school, she was on the gymnastics and softball teams and performed in many school and community theater productions.  She was named “most talented” and “wittiest” by her classmates at Hanford High.

After high school, Krista moved on to California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, graduating with a degree in Theater Arts.  She then enrolled in a three-year graduate program at DePaul University in Chicago, obtaining a Master of Fine Arts degree. 

After a brief marriage, which ended in divorce, she decided to join the Army Reserves and received training as a journalist and photographer at the Department of Defense Information School, where she received a Public Affairs Diploma.

In addition to her work as a photojournalist for the Army, her many jobs along her life’s journey included teaching college theater classes, organizing Shakespeare Festivals for children, working for two travel companies, waitressing, and general office work.  Most recently, she earned a Veterinary Assistant Certificate to pursue her love of animals.  She then enjoyed working for veterinary clinics in the Spokane area, loving her work with animals and their owners.


Krista was a bold spirit who loved adventure and travel.  As a young girl, she went to Europe with her family, where she visited 11 countries and caught the travel bug.  Several years later, she went with her father to Jordan, where she participated in geophysical studies at archeological sites.  Work related travel included trips to Europe and Japan.

Twice in the years 2000 and 2001, she backpacked with her mother across northern Spain on the medieval pilgrimage route called The Camino de Santiago.  In the spring of 2008, she went to Japan for her brother’s wedding and was the photographer at the wedding reception. 

Recent adventures included skydiving, a week spent in London, and a trip to visit wonderful friends on the Gulf Coast. 

She is survived by her parents, Barbara and Gerald Sandness, her brother and sister-in-law Scott and Rieko Sandness, and her adored nephew and niece, Erik and Elsa.  Her family and many friends will miss her deeply.  She gave us all much joy.


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  • I am so sorry for your loss.

    Nancy Doran
    February 21, 2019
    Richland, Wa
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