An extraordinary woman passed away Tuesday, March 27 in Missoula of cancer. Marikae Kinross-Wright, 64, was born the third of four children to Al and Kay Donich of the south Deer Lodge Valley.
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She attended St. Mary's Academy and graduated from Powell County High School. From a very young age, she was inquisitive, outgoing and committed to her own mantra of excellence.
After attending Carroll College for two years, Marikae spent her junior year in Paris at the Sorbonne – this was in 1968, the year of the Paris student riots. She loved the Parisian lifestyle, and would return to Montana with a bit of it in her blood forever. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she earned her master's degree from the University of Wisconsin.
She was an early computer whiz. After teaching for a short time, she had a 25-year career with Darigold in Bozeman as information technology manager. It was in Bozeman that she met Jeremy Kinross-Wright and found a special friend and husband who loved her wit and intellect, and eventually shared her liberal views.
It was the disease of ovarian cancer which tested her metal. It was the disease that would send her in pursuit of medical journals and research papers. She had the ability to discuss, with her doctors, the ramifications of a specific treatment and what experimental options were available. She was her own research fellow and participated in several studies at NIH in Washington, D.C.
Marikae read voraciously – fiction and nonfiction. She remained interested in education and encouraged her nieces and nephews to pursue their dreams. And, best of all, she became their confidant.
She will be missed by her husband, Jeremy; brother and sister-in law, Fred and Kitty Donich and their children, Albee(Andy) Willett, A.J. Donich and Moto Donich (Andrea Colvin). Her sister, Carol and brother-in law, Pat McGillis and children, Erin(Andy) Beck and Joe (Jenny) McGillis survive, as does her youngest sister, Kathy and her husband, Jeff Lantz and their children Hilliary (Rob) Monastra and Beth Lantz.
Her stepchildren, Morgan Kinross-Wright (Dirk Kloss), Cary Kinross-Wright (Mark Esposito), John Kinross-Wright and Lily Kinross-Wright (Erik Johnson) are also survivors. Eight grand-nieces and nephews remember her and the special times she spent with them.
Donations in her name may be sent to Camp-Make-A Dream, the Ovarian Cancer Alliance or the charity of donor's choice.
Cremation was under the care of Garden City Funeral home.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.missoulafuneralhomes.com.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from Mar. 30 to Mar. 31, 2012