Bauer Funeral Chapel


Joan Marie Opdahl

February 27, 1939January 5, 2021

Joan Beattie Opdahl passed away January 5, 2021 at the age of 81. She was born February 27, 1939, the oldest of 4 children, in Everett, Washington to Clark and Julia Beattie.

She graduated from Snohomish High School in 1956. On January 1, 1965, she married Elmer Opdahl and they were blessed with two daughters, Denise and Rachel. She had a life-long love of horses and riding. She was blessed with many great equine partners over the years including Indian Joe, Spree, Sargent and Jango. She spent many years supporting her daughters in eventing and dressage competitions as well as competing herself. Some of her best times were trail riding with her best buddies Rosemary Mardesich, Sue Davidson, Penny Booker and Toni Baker. She loved her annual trip to Easton with her sister Sarah. She also loved spending time at the beach galloping in the surf. Joan always looked forward to the annual Fobes school reunion – reminiscing with lifelong friends from her childhood. She loved visiting with her close friend Gary Rembold Sr. and going to car shows with him in his classic car. She also enjoyed volunteering at Sarvey Wildlife Care Center.

She is preceded in death by her parents Clark and Julia, husband Elmer and sister Sarah Frazier. She leaves her daughters Denise (Brian) Steensland and Rachel Opdahl, her beloved granddaughter Julianna Opdahl, close friend Gary Rembold Sr., siblings Bruce Beattie and Colleen Davis and many nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Bauer Funeral Chapel and will be announced at a later date. Please check back at In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to an animal rescue of your choice or the Alzheimers Association.


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Penny Booker

January 10, 2021

Remembering fun rides and lunches with Joan and Toni Baker. They were my first riding buddies when I moved to Lake Stevens. When Elmer was undergoing treatment for cancer Joan went with me to see my Belgian mare, Duchess, in training. Starbucks stop each time. Joan and Toni took me to lunch for one of my birthdays to Rhodes River Ranch. Joan and Jango rode with me to a couple of camping trips, always an adventure. We spent happy hours on trail rides at Pilchuck Tree Farm. I have fond memories and am glad I got to spend time with Joan. Happy Trails Joan, I know you and Jango are with Rosemary in heaven. Hugs and love.