Kristina Lizanne Ewing (nee Thalacker) December 19, 1973 – July 30, 2018

Kristina was born in Bellingham WA and grew up in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. She graduated from Friday Harbor High School in 1992 and received a BA (Political Science and Government) from Eastern Washington University in 1996, and a Juris Doctor (Law) from Willamette University in 1999.

Kristina joined the Washington State Bar in 2000, had a family law practice in Friday Harbor (2000-2003), and then was an associate attorney at firms in Auburn, Burien, and Tacoma. She married the love of her life, Patrick, on June 19, 2010, and moved to Victoria, where she retired from legal practice, joining Stevenson Luchies and Legh (SLL) as a legal assistant.

Because she loved to help others, Kiwanis was a big part of her life, starting in high school. She served in Key Club and in Circle K, where she first met her husband Patrick. She belonged to Friday Harbor, Renton and Cascadia Kiwanis clubs and served as President of Oak Bay in 2016/17. She toured the Pacific Northwest as First Lady in 2009/10 when Patrick was Governor and toured the world when he served on the international board in 2013-16.

Kristina had a spark that drew people to her, and she truly listened to and cared about the people she met. Friends, co-workers, Kiwanis and Junior League members… She touched so many lives, and will be remembered fondly by all who met her.

Kristina loved her life, and one of her joys was telling her epic love story. Tragically, complications from scleroderma ended that story far too soon. She leaves behind husband Patrick Ewing; parents John and Vicky Thalacker; sister Tanya Thalacker; in-laws John and Lynne Ewing; her beloved pets Target, Onyx, and Elton; and friends on five continents.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 1, 2018, where she married Patrick - on Mt. Tolmie in Victoria BC, overlooking San Juan Island.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her memory to the Kiwanis Foundation of Canada ( or the Kiwanis Children’s Fund


  • Kurt Monday, 10 September 2018 06:25 Comment Link

    You will always be in my heart, Rest In Peace sis

  • Mark E. Wednesday, 08 August 2018 15:50 Comment Link

    There are just no words........just emotions.

  • Gayle Selden Tuesday, 07 August 2018 22:53 Comment Link

    Enjoyed working with Kristina in the Junior League. So happy she found a wonderful life with Patrick.
    Sorry she left this world so soon.

  • nicholas Hafez Monday, 06 August 2018 00:55 Comment Link

    I still cannot believe my ears and my eyes . Patrick, I am so sorry for your loss , we will all miss Kristina and her beautiful smile and personality.
    My deapest and sincere condolences to you and to your family and to our Kiwanis Family .
    May her Memory be everlasting Eternal
    Love Hugs and kisses from Oregon.
    See you next week my Dear Friend .

  • Deanna Hansen Sunday, 05 August 2018 20:31 Comment Link

    I am so saddened to hear of the loss of such a wonderful young lady! I remember the times of going to the Thalacker’s home and dancing and singing in Kristina’s room to Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With You’re Best Shot”! Rest in peace Kristina!

  • Debbie Christian Sunday, 05 August 2018 15:23 Comment Link

    Patrick, This is so hard to believe! When I heard the news, I went to grab the phone to call Barb.....then realized Barb and Kristina had probably already met on the other side.....Hugs to you....words will never say enough....


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