Heather Dee Fjelstad, 45, of Livingston, left us on Sunday morning, May 13, 2012, for a new journey with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was God's witness during her lifetime making "Lord Jesus Christ and Heaven be with you" her favorite ending to many, many conversations.
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She was born June 16, 1966 in Walnut Creek, Calif. and moved with her family to Paradise Valley, south of Livingston. Heather was a tomboy, growing up in Paradise Valley, and attended Pine Creek School. There wasn't much she didn't touch or feel, enjoying to the fullest, the freedom of a Montana kid in a rural setting.
On Mother's Day 1979 she was in a motorcycle accident that changed her life and the life of her family forever. While it was a miracle that she survived that day, the true miracle was in how she touched those around her with love, after the accident. All who knew her learned why God lets some of us have a special life. She endured many struggles, surgeries, and challenges, but her inner strength and the grace of God allowed her to touch many lives in the next 33 years.
She became an amazing jigsaw puzzle expert, using touch and feel to assemble the pieces, and she could do an entire puzzle quickly. She liked music, photos, collecting things, a heavy jacket, Bobcat basketball, hot tamales, Chinese food, and her family. Two products were important to Heather on a daily basis – Diet Coke and Copenhagen. We all hope that she's allowed to resume consumption of these two items in heaven, and we all feel sorry for the local distributors of these products as demand will certainly be lower in the future. She complained constantly about her mother's cooking and referenced Mr. Rogers, but what she was really saying is that she loved her Mom and Larry very much. Sharon and Larry really made Heather the centerpiece of their lives and spent untold hours making sure we could all enjoy the true spirit of this very special person.
While the events of Mother's Day 33 years ago took away the possibilities of sports, having a career, or raising her own family, she still accomplished important work while she was here. When she said, "I love you" she meant it, and we all loved her because she made us, and this world, happier. She will be dearly missed.
Heather is beloved by her mother and father, Sharon and Larry Eddy and her father and step-mother, Bob and Shirley Fjelstad all of Livingston; her sisters, Hope (Dean) Folkvord of Three Forks, Mont. and Holly (John) Cowell of Harlem, Mont.; brother, Jeff (Tina) Fjelstad of Williston, N.D.; her special friend, Charlene Riggs; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, friends, Eva Baby and Chance.
Cremation has taken place at Franzen-Davis Crematory in Livingston. The family will hold a special gathering at the home of Larry and Sharon Eddy, 1208 Mule Haven Drive, Livingston, at 3 p.m. Friday, May 18. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Memorials in Heather's name may be sent to Liberty Place, P.O. Box 446, Whitehall, MT 59759, or to a
Franzen-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory
118 North Third Street
Livingston, MT 59047
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on May 16, 2012