Kaye Kowallis Spanbauer
Joan "Kaye" Spanbauer 72, of Meridian Idaho passed away at her home on Monday, April 14, 2014 after a brief battle with cancer. She was born on June 11, 1941 in Idaho Falls, Idaho to Roy and Marion Kowallis. She is survived by her siblings Vicki Carter and Doug Kowallis. She graduated from Boise High School in 1960 and attended Boise Jr. College where she received an associate's degree in Interior Design. Kaye was married in 1964 to Tim Spanbauer; they were married for almost 47 years before Tim's passing in July of 2011.
She had three children, Kim Flagstad (Shawn), Todd Spanbauer (Lisa), Trent Spanbauer; and Jake, her puppy, known as 'little brother" by our family. She has 15 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. She worked for the Ponderosa Paint & Glass and Kelly Moore stores for 25 years doing design and interior decorating. Kaye also worked for a local salon & spa pampering clients and providing amazing customer service. In retirement she spent most of her time serving others, she dedicated countless hours serving the Lord by volunteering at the bishops store house, serving in the Boise Idaho Temple weekly and taking care of those in need. Kaye was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Meridian 2nd ward, Meridian Idaho stake.
Kaye was very talented, artistic and creative, and she loved taking care of her yard and gardening. She also created incredible memories and traditions for her kids and grandchildren. She was known by many primary kids as the "Cookie Grandma" and loved teaching and serving the primary children. If you asked Kaye what her greatest love and accomplishments in life was she would have told you her family. Everything she did was motivated by her desire to serve her husband, children, and grandchildren. There was nothing more important in her life than that.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the Locust Grove and Franklin LDS Chapel, 190 S. Locust Grove, Meridian. A viewing will precede the service from 10:00-10:45 a.m. Family will also greet friends at a viewing on Friday, April 18, 2014 at Relyea Funeral Chapel, 318 N. Latah St., Boise. Interment will immediately follow the funeral service at Dry Creek Cemetery.
Relyea Funeral Chapel
318 North Latah Street Boise, ID 83706
Published in Idaho Statesman on Apr. 17, 2014