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Christen Michele Peterson


On Oct. 10, Christen Michele Peterson, 27, found peace again. Christen was born June 4, 1986 and was raised by her parents Sean and Tiffany Peterson in Cheney, Wash.

Christen spent her early years attending Betz Elementary and Cheney Middle School before graduating from Cheney High School in 2004, where she was active as a cheerleader.

Christen recently graduated from Spokane Falls Community College earning her AA degree and was accepted to Eastern Washington University. She was living in Spokane, Wash. with her boyfriend, Ryan Swartz, where they were planning their future together.

Christen is survived by her parents Tiffany (John) and Sean (Stephanie),her brother Andrew and sisters Jordan, Peyton, Rylee, Makayla and Devin. She is also survived by her grandmothers Vicki Ratcliff (Nana) and Elizabeth Peterson (Gramma Liz), her aunt Bridget Doran, uncles Chris Ratcliff (Miki) and Barry Peterson (Yvonne) and by the rock and love of her life Ryan Swartz. Christen was preceded in death by her grandfather, Michel Ratcliff (Papa) and great-grandmother Virginia Doran. 

After years of struggling with an eating disorder, Christen is now in a place where she can realize what the rest of us always knew; her beauty on the outside already matched her beauty on the inside. While she faced her own struggles, Christen still managed to touch the lives of so many people she met by accepting everyone unconditionally, faults and all. We want to thank those people that made us realize how special our beautiful Christen was by supporting her and us through the years especially Lisa, Robin, Kelli, Scott, Nonie, Jack, her Mercy Ministry and New York sisters, friends from CHS and so many others.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the or to Mercy Ministries to support those still in the lifelong struggle to overcome eating disorders. A memorial service will be held Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. at the Cheney Church of the Nazarene, 338 W. Betz Road Cheney, WA, followed by a potluck dinner at the church to celebrate Christen’s life.


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