Oct. 10, 1938 – Sept. 12, 2011
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Our beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother passed away at home after a brave and valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.
She is survived by her husband, Larry; five children; 11 grandchildren; eight grandchildren; and four brothers and sisters: Raub Pierce, Lynette (Dwight) Dyk, Tami (Gary) Thompson and Jim (Nancy) Pierce.
Koralyn was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She spent most of her early years at the Rising Wolf Guest Ranch near East Glacier. This formed her love of horses, the great outdoors and a lifelong love for flowers. She spent many hours picking wildflowers for the guest rooms at the ranch. This is where she met her first husband, Ted Rispen. Together they had a daughter, Krys (Jay) Paulsen, and a son, Darrell (Robin) Lemmon.
She then married Cliff Pourroy, and had a daughter, Judy Ungerecht. Cliff was killed in a plane crash in 1964.
She then married Leroy H. "Jake" Lemmon, and had a daughter, Netzi Lemmon (Kim Lodahl) and a son, Slim (Kim) Lemmon. They lived near Lewistown, ranched and raised, showed and rode endurance Arabian horses.
Koralyn then met and married Larry Kibbee on June 8, 1985, and they resided in Manhattan where they worked. They took many horse camping trips to the mountains. One was a pilgrimage back to the Rising Wolf in June 1992 where she got to ride horseback over a lot of the country she had traveled as a young girl.
Mom always kept a wonderful garden with lots of flowers. She and Larry began raising chickens not long after their marriage. That turned into a passion for showing them; they won many awards, and started a poultry club called Montana Poultry Fanciers. All of this led to them traveling over the western U.S.
Mom was a 4-H leader in Lewistown for many years and became very involved with the youth who had chickens. This led to her doing many clinics and judging shows. Mom never did anything half tilt, it was all or nothing.
Koralyn loved her family and she loved life. All animals knew they had a friend when they came to her door. She never turned a stray away, human or otherwise. She will be very missed by her family, friends and her dog, Tobie.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a husband; sister-in-law, Cheryl Pierce; and niece, Deanna.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, at Twichel Funeral Home in White Sulphur Springs. Graveside committal will follow in Mayn Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs, then a luncheon at the Senior Center.
Koralyn wanted memorials to go to the Heart of Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 11390, Bozeman, MT 59719; or to an animal shelter of the donor's choice.
Twichel Funeral Home - White Sulphur Springs
103 E Garfield Street
White Sulphur Springs, MT 59645
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 14, 2011