Trina Klier-Murri, 40, died in the comfort of her home in Nampa, Idaho on August 17, 2014 surrounded by her caring family. She bravely fought breast cancer after an original diagnosis when she was 36, and after it metastasized two years later she again took on a warrior's mantle and never gave up her fight. She has left us physically, but her fight and her spirit live on with us.
Born in Burley, Idaho on January 30, 1974, to Steve and Janice Klier, Trina grew up with her brother Aaron Klier in the Twin Falls, Idaho area. Upon graduation from Twin Falls High School in 1992, Trina moved to Boise to begin her education and career as an orthodontic assistant.
She married Kent Murri Jr. on October 19, 2002 and together the couple shared a joy of wine, travel and the Oregon Coast. Kent and Trina settled in Nampa, Idaho and together enjoyed turning their house into a beautiful home where friends would often gather. They have a son, Connor who is almost 10, whom she called her 'Pride and Joy.' Conner was Trina's biggest inspiration for living every day to the fullest while also doing everything she could to extend her life alongside his and Kent's.
Trina helped create a sisterhood of other women who had battled breast cancer. They participated in and raised funds for organizations such as Casting for Recovery, River Discovery, the Reveal Mission, and Young Survivors Coalition. She cared deeply about making sure that funds raised for breast cancer charities were getting to help those with a metastatic diagnosis. In October 2013, the Idaho Statesman ran an article, inspired by Trina and her story, raising the awareness of this important issue.
Balanced by her fight to survive, Trina also knew how to live. She took advantage of an opportunity by Wish Granters of Idaho and went to the American Virgin Islands with Kent and Connor in March 2014, for an amazing vacation that included swimming with sea lions. Her love for travel led her on many adventures throughout her life with friends and family including trips to Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, Florida and yearly trips to enjoy the Oregon Coast.
Trina's life will be celebrated at the Surprise Valley Clubhouse at 5240 S. Surprise Way on September 6th. While her passing leaves a gaping hole in the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her, she wanted her friends and family to celebrate her life with a party. Please leave your tears and mourning clothes at the door and instead bring your dancing shoes! We will start the celebration at 3pm and bring all the guests together at 4pm to share memorable and fun stories of Trina. If you are unable to attend, you can send your message to Kent and Conner at www.summersfuneral.com
In lieu of flowers or food, please consider making a donation to one of the charities that impacted Trina's life and represent her values - Wish Granters of Idaho (www.wishgranters.org) and Metavivor (www.metavivor.org).
Published in Idaho Statesman on Aug. 27, 2014