On Feb. 4, 1934, in Crookston Minn., a very special and unique baby girl came into this world. Her name is Maren Keryl Dudley Kast.
The Guest Book is expired.
On Feb. 9, 2011, Maren closed her eyes and went home to her Father. She leaves behind 77 years of wisdom, laughs and memories that will stay with us forever. With her husband, Don, at her side, she taught us the meaning of unconditional love and understanding.
Maren and Don had a fly fishing shop at Bucks T-4 in the Gallatin Canyon before buying an old mercantile store in Willow Creek and starting the Willow Creek Gallery. Her artwork and her creations are a permanent part of the gallery and have been a part of many a child's life.
Maren was always one who saw the positive side of life, even after a stroke left her paralyzed and unable to walk. She filled our lives with home cooking, gollywogs and an unwavering faith in Christ. Maren loved music and was the organist at Grace Lutheran Church. She loved to teach young people to sing. She was also a passionate fly fisherman, and took her outdoor experiences and used them in her creations. She had a way of making everyone feel right at home when she met them.
Maren is survived by her husband, Don Kast; brother, Tim (Cheryl) Dudley; sister, Susan Dudley; daughters, Keryl King and Naomi (Tom) Esp; sons, Paul (Maggie) Wortman and Jeff King; granddaughters, Chesa King (U.S. Navy), Tamara Christians, Danielle Esp (U.S. Army), Andrea Esp and Jeana Thibodeaux; great-granddaughters, Makayla Gentry and Kaylee Thibodeaux; grandsons, Dane King (U.S. Marines), Cody Christians, Joe Esp, John Thibodeaux and Ben (Amy) Thibodeaux; great-grandsons Dustin, Carter and Kenneth III Thibodeaux; nieces, Christiana Dudley, Jennifer Dudley Godbold and Katherine Dudley; and nephew, Chip Dudley.
Maren is preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Dorothy Dudley; and her brother, Charles G. Dudley.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Grace Lutheran Church, with a celebration of her life to follow the service.
"… And the wild is calling, calling … let us go."
K & L Mortuaries
103 1st Ave E
Three Forks, MT 59752
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 13, 2011