Ball & Dodd Funeral Home

5100 West Wellesley Ave, Spokane, WA


Kristi Lyn Linane

September 3, 1969August 29, 2020

Born to Edith Marjorie Croyle Linane and Donald D. Linane, Sr. (Deceased) at McChord Airforce Base, Tacoma WA

No one has embraced life as fully & joyfully as Kristi, or magnetically attracted so many people in every part of her life. Kristi was born the youngest of four siblings. The family moved to Plentywood, Montana when Kristi was two, where she became the mascot for the town's youth swim team. She was courageous, and adventurous from the beginning, and learned to swim while still in diapers. The family's last move brought them to Fairchild Airbase, outside of Spokane and to the 1974 World's Fair. With 2 oldest siblings out of the house, Kristi, Dodi and Edie moved to Reardan where Kirsti enjoyed the countryside, cared for her mare, raised a foal and many other animals on the property. Kristi and Edie moved to Spokane where she attended Lewis & Clark High School, and graduated with the class of 1987.

Kristi is well loved and admired by all her family, friends and associates with whom she has worked throughout her professional career. Kristi began her career in retail while still in high school at Nordstrom's and then Mariposa here in Spokane. She then moved to Seattle to work at the Bon. Kristi demonstrated leadership qualities from the onset. Her intelligence, humor and ease of communication with others along with her fun-loving spirit drew people to her immediately. She has always been the light at the center of any gathering.

Kristi moved up through the ranks at the Bon and was eventually transferred to Manhattan. She thrived in New York where she rapidly advanced through the corporate structure and held the position(s) of VP of Merchandise Planning for Macy's and then Sak's Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor. Kristi was an amazing boss who was loved by everyone who had the opportunity to work for her. She was as feisty as she was compassionate and as forthright as sensitive. Her loyalty was fierce and her laugh (or snort) was infectious.

Kristi made some of her closest relationships during her time in New York, and found her love of travel and adventure. She has traveled extensively around the world, and here in the United States, with friends and family. Kristi brought joy and happiness to all of us and to strangers who befriended on her travels and during her everyday life.

Kristi is survived by her Mother, Edie Linane, her sisters, Terri Powers (Alan), and Dodi Vincent (John), and her brother Don Linane (Valerie).

She has long held the title of "Coolest Aunt Ever" and is survived by her nieces and nephews: Jared, Destinee, Kendra, Mallory (Powers), Avriel, Brice (Linane), Kristofer, Jessica, Michaella, and Alexander (Vincent). Kristi is also survived by her dearest friend and partner in crime, Kerri Waters, her best bud since LCHS, Michele, 11 grandnieces and nephews, two aunts, one uncle, six cousins, and her dogs, Tucker and Charlie.

A service will be held at Riverside Memorial Park on September 12, 2020 at 10:30 am. Current restrictions limit the number of people to 30 individuals. Should you wish to attend, please allow the family to be graveside while you maintain appropriate social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a charity that is an advocate for women's advancement and women's rights in Kristi's name.


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Lou Contino

September 4, 2020

I am very saddened to hear of Kristi’s passing. We became friends in 2007 and remained so since. I am prayerful for her friends and family to keep her memory alive as a lover of life and strong willed individual who fought for what was right. May The Lord give Her The Crown of Eternal Life. Rest In Peace.
With sorrow,
Lou Contino

Jennifer Rodriguez

September 3, 2020

Kristi and I worked at the same company years ago, but never worked together. As I was moving out of my apartment building in Long Island City, she was moving in. We passed each other countless times in those years and her friendly, warm and always kind face was a joy. She was smart and quick, always looked like she had a witty joke running through her mind. We followed each other on social media and I always thought to myself that she was really living her best life -with travel, laughing with friends and having adventures. May her journey after this life continue on with the zest she maintained here on earth. RIP Kristi ❤️😔


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