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Merilee Lovelace-Kleiber

June 10, 1953 - May 30, 2021

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Posted by:
Ann Gehring

Posted on:
June 16, 2021

I knew Marilee through my work with the school district. I always enjoyed interacting with her because she was so positive and willing to chat and listen. Great person!

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Cheryl L Lartz

Posted on:
June 13, 2021

I worked with Merilee for a number if years at Priest River Junior High. Very sad to hear of her passing. She was always up for anything and had a wicked sense of humor at times. I will never forget how she volunteered to play "Amazing Grace" at my dad's funeral on her bagpipe. She made a difficult day easier and I know that dad loved it.

Posted by:
Kelly Kendall

Posted on:
June 13, 2021

My mother worked with Merilee for many years. Merilee was the real ways to help, give you a smile, or just shake her head in a I can't believe we witnessed that. She was such a giving and caring woman. I remember around the time I got married, I demanded that my husband and I take love and logic classes. She enjoyed kidding us for being in a class of parenting and not even having kids. After class, she came up to us and told us how she wished more people would take the class before they had children then after they had had problems. I still remember her acting out her helicopter parent impression. She was such an interesting woman. She will be missed greatly.

Posted by:
John Hendricks

Posted on:
June 7, 2021

Merilee was fun to have in Toastmasters and such a nice person. She was always encouraging and you could tell she just enjoyed life. It was a special treat when she played the bagpipes for us, after her speech about her time in Scotland. May she rest in peace.

Posted by:
Julie A. Smith

Posted on:
June 7, 2021

Katelin, I enjoyed your Mother very much and I am thinking of you. She and I and BJ had some sweet times together. Sending love.

Posted by:
Emily Neff

Posted on:
June 6, 2021

I was just thinking of Merilee the other day and thought I should get in touch with her since we hadn’t talked in a while. I met her at Toastmasters. She was also the former counselor at Farmin-Stidwell where my kids go and also taught the local Love and Logic class a few years ago. I enjoyed her speeches about how she started learning the bagpipes with Albeni Falls Pipe and Drum and getting burned at a reenactment. I was catching up on reading the papers yesterday and was very saddened to see her obituary. The last time I’d talked with her was about a year ago and she said her tumor was getting smaller and she was optimistic about the future and coming back to Toastmasters. I am very sorry I didn't get in touch sooner.

Posted by:
Elizabeth Dalessio

Posted on:
June 5, 2021

Merilee was a wonderful friend and colleague. She looked after me when I taught on the Blackfeet Reservation and we shared many stories together after our adventures. She was always quick to offer support and suggestions to serve students, often teaching me new strategies as a parent and educator. I loved her outfits and rings to go with. She will be missed but fondly remembered. I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. .

Posted by:
Erin Bristol

Posted on:
June 4, 2021

Merilee was very supportive when I was dealing with a tricky parent at school. She would always come check on me and would give me advice on how to try to handle things with grace. She also gifted me a beautiful set of buffalo horns. I am glad she is no longer in pain, but I am sad she is gone. Rest peacefully Merilee and if you see my Warren, please tell him mommy loves and misses him.

Posted by:
Ed & Jane Gould

Posted on:
June 3, 2021

See you again when we all March in Mass Bands in heaven. Ed Gould, RetDrumSgt Albani Falls Pipes & Drums

Posted by:
Darlene Harms

Posted on:
June 3, 2021

Merilee and I spent many happy times together hiking, picnics, and just talking. I miss her dearly and will never forget her sharp wit and wisdom. Sending love