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Kelli Sue Gabelein, 43, of Brier, Washington passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2013.
Kelli Sue Gabelein
Kelli was born May 24, 1969 at Providence Hospital in Everett, Washington. She was the daughter of
Richard and Jimelaine Gabelein of Clinton, Washington, who both survive her.
Kelli is also survived by her significant other of 15 years, Bob Santjer and his son, Beau Santjer; daughter, Kelsi Arquette; brother, Jeff Gabelein and his wife, Misty Gabelein; sister, Kim Garrick and her daughter, Natalie Garrick; grandfather, Pete Wilson; grandmother, Dora Gabelein; and numerous aunts, uncles, and
Kelli grew up in Clinton, WA on Whidbey Island.
Riding horses was only the beginning when it came to her country roots. As a
teenager, she couldn't wait to move to the big city but never once could you deny she was a country girl at heart. After graduating from South Whidbey High in 1987, Kelli started working at Macy's and it became her second home, working there for over 20 years. Not long after, she gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Kelsi, in her eyes the best
decision she ever made.
A couple years later, Kelli met the love of her life, Bob Santjer. They built a life
together with their two kids, Kelsi and Beau. They resided in Brier, Washington with their two dogs, Miley and Jackson, and cat,
Kelli had a warm and
gracious spirit. You couldn't beat her sense of humor. She truly was one of kind. A person who made everyone around her feel comfortable even if that meant poking some fun at herself. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
The family will be hosting a Celebration of Life for her at the Rod and Gun Club in Langley on April 13, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Please join us as we remember our 'Lil Kelli Sue Gabelein, loving partner, daughter, mother, sister, and friend. All who knew and loved her are
Published in The Herald (Everett) on Apr. 11, 2013