Kristina Clausen, 66 years of age, passed away quickly and peacefully on July 27, 2018 to meet her Savior. She was born on December 26, 1951 in Spokane, Washington, to proud parents, William J. Sutherlin and Louise May Sutherlin Wood. The family lived in Cusick and Moses Lake, WA during her early years, and then moved to Spokane and settled there.
In Spokane, Kris finished her pre-college schooling. Kris attended Spokane Falls Community College and Fort Wright College, where she majored in Humanities. While attending Spokane Falls Community College, she was a Secretary fo the president of the college.
On September 7, 1974, Kris married Richard Clausen, who was attending Spokane Community College (Mission Campus). After his graduation, they moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon, where Kris was employed as a Special Education Assistant at Mazama Middle School. They moved to Fairfield, WA, after thirteen months, and Kris worked for a book publisher (Ye Galleon Press), as a typesetter and typing on a Compugraphic. The call of Montana was heard, so Kris and her husband moved to Helena, MT, where Kris was hired by the Helena School District Computer Department. She learned quickly, and then First Trust Company in Helena wanted her on their team. In May of 1980, Kris and Rich moved to Hardin, where Kris took a break from work and Rich went out to the Sarpy Mine. Kris was soon hired to direct the daycare at Open Bible Church in Hardin, and then went to the Congregational Church to run it when it was relocated there. In 1983, Kris was hired by the State of Montana Department of Revenue, as an Assessor Clerk, under Sharon Harlin. During that time, she attended many classes and eventually got to work on appraisals. She absolutely loved working with the public. After working in the courthouse for thirty years, Kris retired on December 31, 2013. She loved camping and going fly fishing up in the Bighorn Mountains. You would see her jump barefoot into the stream and coax the trout onto the fly with such ease. Her pride and joy were her chickens and her civilized rooster, Cookie. Her great joy in life was being together on Sunday morning at The Log Cabin Baptist Church with all her friends. With her failing health, it became a rare thing to be able to attend.
Kris was preceded in death by her father, William J. Sutherlin, and her mother, Louise M. Wood. Survivors include: husband, Richard, Hardin, MT; sister, Kathleen Scott, Star, ID; brother, William “Chip” Wood, Dayton, WA; brother, Aaron (Nancy) Wood, Umpqua, WA; niece, Melinda Fairley, Albion, WA, niece, Elisha Garrison, Olympia, WA, and her beloved great-nieces and great-nephews, and great-great nephew. Survivors also include: Diane Brooks, CA; Bruce Farline, Spokane, WA, and the dearly loved second and third cousins.