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Joanne Leith



Joanne Leith, 73, passed away at her home Saturday evening January 7, 2017, surrounded by her family, following a long and courageous battle with illness. Joanne was born in Nespelem, Washington to Art and Annie Moses-Circle on Monday, April 19, 1943. She loved her church – Sacred Heart Catholic Mission in Nespelem, where Joanne was an active member of the Cursillo group. A proud member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, in 2016 Joanne retired as an Administrative Assistant for the tribal government after 35 years of service. She also served on the Colville Business Council for eight years and on the Area Agency on Aging for eight years. Joanne's car would always turn in at every garage sale and she would invariably return with some treasure, which Joanne usually purchased at a price less than the amount indicated by the seller. Joanne's greatest joy was always her family, trying never to miss any sport in which her children and grandchildren were involved – especially rodeo events.

Preceded in death by her husband: Roy Jasper Leith II; son: Luther Leith; both of her parents and all 12 of her siblings; Joanne's proud legacy lives on through her children: Victoria Circle, Billie Taylor (Randy) and Roy J. Leith III; grandchildren: Tiffany Circle, Peterdan Circle, Heather Circle, Alanna Picard, Merle Picard, Brianna Leith-Monaghan, Twila Leith-Monaghan, Kandace Leith, Chandler Leith and Aiden Picard; great-granchildren: Blayne Picard, Junie Labro, Kared Labro and Emmielu Adolph as well as many-many nephews and nieces.

Rosary and funeral services for Joanne were held at the Nespelem Community Center in Nespelem, Washington. Burial followed in Little Nespelem Cemetery.

Please sign Joanne's online register book at

Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington, is serving Joanne's family.

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