Kathleen Meagher died peacefully June 2, 2018. She was 101 years old.
She was born Kathleen A. Conlon November 18, 1916 In Eckelson, North Dakota, the fifth of eight children. Kay moved to Montana to attend college in Bozeman where she graduated with a degree in Home Economics. Kay lived in Montana the rest of her life. She taught Home Economics and married a Montanan, Kenneth Meager in 1949. Kay and Ken lived in Libby and Havre before settling in Kalispell where she worked many years for Kalispell Feed and Grain. The depth of Kay's knowledge of the Flathead Lake area came from years of camping and fishing and exploring with Ken. Watching the construction of the Hungry Horse Dam to the growth of the Flathead Valley Kay was a witness to many changes. After moving to Columbia Falls Kay volunteered many hours to the Clothes Closet, the Montana State Veteran's Home and St. Richard's parish where she was a sacristan and anonymous donor of the churches beautiful piano. Kay was a wonderful cook and generous with her recipes and she was known for her jams and jellies made from wild berries and local produce. She finally stopped making jams well into her 90's when the canner finally got too heavy to lift. Kay was a fiercely independent woman who lived and died by her terms. She had a large, loyal and loving network of friends in Columbia Falls and Kalispell who helped her accomplish this. She will be missed. Kay is survived by her sister Eileen (100 years old) and 18 nieces and nephews and their children. A memorial mass will be held 11 AM Tuesday June 12, 2018 at St. Richard's Catholic Church in Columbia Falls. Columbia Mortuary is caring for the family.