Joan Yvonne Ingalls, 79, formerly of Prairie City passed away February 13, 2018 in
Ontario, Oregon, from cancer, surrounded by loved ones.
Joan was born May 5th 1938 to Clarence and Alice Curtis in Tomahawk Wisconsin.
When she was two the family moved to Oregon where she grew up in Canyon City
and graduated from John Day High School in 1956. She spent most of her life in
Grant County and that is most definitely where her heart was. She loved it there and
loved talking about her younger years in Canyon City and all of the shenanigans she
and friends took part in.
In December 1957 Joan married Jim Murray and they had two children, Scott and
Jaylene. The couple later divorced.
She was employed by Blue Mountain Hospital district where she worked until her
retirement. She was a hard worker and never used life’s hardships as an excuse.
She loved planting many flowers in the summer and always had such healthy beautiful pots of flowers. At two
different times in her life she was the leader of an equestrian drill team. She had a knack for this and loved doing it.
Their performances were something to see. She also enjoyed cross stitching and various forms of painting. But her
true love was her family. She never failed to be there for her children and grandchildren. She felt so fortunate that
she was able to spend so much time with her grandsons as they grew up, which was very special to her.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jaylene and Eddie Udlinek, and four grandchildren, Zane Murray,
Garrett Murray, Dalton Murray, and, as she laughingly always said, her “Finally, thank God granddaughter” Cara
Joan is preceded in death by her son Scott Murray, nephew Kris Curtis, sister Althea Kimball, brothers Arney Curtis,
Dale Curtis and Bob Curtis, sister Marg McConkey and parents Clarence and Alice Curtis.
Graveside services were held at 2:00 pm Monday February 19, 2018 at Canyon City Cemetery in Canyon City, Oregon.
Following the service was a potluck gathering at the home of Kris and Jan Curtis on Brent Drive.
To light a candle in Joan’s memory or to offer condolences to her family, please visit www.driskillmemorialchapel.com.
— Paid for by the family of Joan Ingalls