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April 23, 2019 - May 21, 2013
Colleen Jay Clark, family gal, Queen of many things, Y2K believer, modern day prepper, political passionista, and collector extraordinaire died on Friday, June 21, 2013.
She adored her Mom Viola Lilly McKibbin (deceased), who was hopelessly devoted to her father Edward James Murphy (also deceased) and together with the help of her sisters raised Colleen from the very early days in San Francisco to their rural life in Cupertino. She grew up with her loyal sister, Dora Elizabeth Miller (D’beth, Dee Dee) of Hope, Marlene Detrick (deceased) of San Francisco and Suzanne Lampe (deceased) of LaPine. With unwavering dedication, love and commitment she raised her two girls Kym DeWitt of Capitola and Kristi Lassiter of Hayden and has left behind her high school sweetheart, her other half, her TC, Thomas E Clark of Sandpoint. She lit up at the mere mention of her grandchildren and was completely smitten with Gracie (14), Emma (11), and Nathan (9).
Colleen (Cole to some) was first and foremost the Costco Queen. She put Price Club on the map, helped coin the term “Club 150”, and spent her last precious moments wandering the aisles to see what was new. She is also a Tammy, which is another kind of Queen – a Sweet Potato Queen, which elevated her to a status most will never know because they just aren’t fun enough! Her Majesty was also known as the Queen of Extra. Some of her favorites were extra tarter, extra blue cheese, extra mayonnaise, and extra dressing. She was also referred to as the Prime Rib Queen, the Salad Queen, the Cheesecake Queen and the Waffle Queen; each rivaling the other in deliciousness.
For Colleen, Y2K was a total disappointment. After preparing all year (and untold trips to Costco), she was completely let down by the non-existent collapse of the computer world. Mostly she was disappointed that her loved ones were not forced to congregate at her beloved farmhouse where they could all live happily ever after. Fortunately for her, prepping was the “next big thing” and she was able to use her Y2K supplies as a base layer for the gazillion pounds of preserved foods that she stashed away. She amassed a lifelong supply of truffles, chocolate chips, coffee, splenda, baking soda, and dried fruit, because what else could she possibly want for!
She had a late-in-life attraction to all things political, as long as it wasn’t liberal! She loved Fox News, Glenn Beck, and was passionate about the constitution. If you didn’t want to discuss politics, you were with the wrong person!
Colleen was exceptional at growing raspberries, taking photographs, fattening her goats for winter, stopping short to relish north Idaho wildlife, tricking “Trixie” into breaking her ribs, falling down stairs after a wild night next door, driving her lawn mower to “I’m too sexy”, camping with the kitchen sink – but no bears allowed, dancing (to her own tune), breaking and then fixing her computers.
She loved her annual New Year’s bonfire bash, watching her girls hookey bobbying around the hay field, moon lit cross country skiing, delicious dinners, and watching her flowers bloom. She took extreme pride in watching her grandchildren sled down the hill each Christmas holiday and collected nearly a terabyte of pictures on hundreds of discs which she stored in her beloved plastic bins. And she collected everything! From empty jars to empty boxes, old wood, old furniture, you name it – she had it!
As a former cosmetologist, Colleen was particularly excited with any opportunity to cut or color someone’s hair. Ever the entrepreneur, she was always coming up with a new and exciting idea. Spin-a-Ribbon, Carousel Action Wear, and the Barney Snuggie were all her ideas!
Colleen lived life with a passion most people will never know. She will be remembered as Grammie, Mom, Sister, Wife, Friend, Tammy. In the end, this is all that mattered. This is what brought her the most incredible joy and kept her so vibrant and lively to the very last day.
Her family extends an open invitation to a potluck celebration of her life in the meadow at her favorite place in the whole world, her home, 6315 Colburn-Culver Road, Sandpoint on Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 4-7 pm.
Because of her irrational fear of closed spaces and extreme claustrophobia, Colleen requested her ashes be released to the universe as quickly as possible. The family will take her to her final resting place overlooking the Clark Fork River in Thompson Falls, Montana on Sunday.