Tommie June Riste

Tommie June Riste

Tommie June Riste

Tommie June Riste of Twisp, Wash. passed away at home April 9, 2013 surrounded by her family. She was born June 21, 1940 in Ventura, Calif. to Earl and Norma Jones. She grew up in Naches, Wash. where she met and married Tom Riste on June 7, 1958.

Tommie held many various jobs over the years from cooking at White Pass Ski Area, horse pack trips and fire camps. She also worked in the potato shed and various shops like the ore house in Winthrop to branding fish and the Oroville Golf Course. She worked a lot of construction with Tom but her favorite job through the years was mom and grandma.

Mom quit school when she was 17 and got married. When she was in her forties she went back to school and got her GED. She remained an inspiration to us all for her determination. She had a passion for gardening, preserving food, fishing and rock hounding. Her artistic side was expressed in her painting, leather work and spinning and weaving. Known for her quick wit, many folks succumbed to her skill at cribbage or to her practical jokes. She loved sports and played basketball and softball however in later years she loved to watch the Seahawks. She had been a member of the Eagles, Elks and TOPS.

She is survived by daughter Tammy (Karla) Rime of Twisp, daughter Shari (Kip) Fletcher of Selah, grandchildren Erica (Chase) Matthew of Selah and TJ (Heather) Fletcher of Travis Air Force Base and great grandchildren Hudson and Asha Matthew and Cooper Fletcher and her sister Winona Anderson and brother Dean Jones. Many nephews, nieces and cousins held a special place in her heart.

She was preceded in death by husband Tom Riste, parents Earl and Norma Jones and her best friend Nita Pope.

A potluck memorial to celebrate her life will be held at 2:30 p.m. the Twisp Senior Center on June 1, 2013. The family would like your favorite memories to be shared or written down.

Tommie June Riste of Twisp, Wash. passed away at home April 9, 2013 surrounded by her family. She was born June 21, 1940 in Ventura, Calif. to Earl and Norma Jones. She grew up in Naches, Wash. where she met and married Tom Riste on June 7, 1958.

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