1961 - 2017
Laurie Janet Klingelhoets passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 due to complications following surgery; with her parents and sister, Sherrie, by her side. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. Laurie was born on June 3, 1961 in Spanish Fork, Utah to Edward Blake and Janet (Bartholomew) Carter as the second daughter of five girls.
She had a wonderful childhood growing up in Lander, Wyoming. Laurie graduated from Lander Valley High School in 1979. She participated in the Winter Fair pageant and was awarded Miss Congeniality.
Laurie married her high school sweetheart, Don Klingelhoets, on September 12, 1981. They have two children, Tina Marie and Curtis Blake.
Laurie lived most of her life in Lander, but had multiple friends wherever she went.
Laurie loved working as a secretary at several health care services in Lander.
She was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed serving in any capacity. For many years she typed the Sunday ward bulletin program and the monthly Relief Society newsletter. She willingly shared her testimony of Jesus Christ.
Laurie had many health trials and challenges throughout most of her life, including numerous surgeries. The majority of her days were filled with pain, although anyone wouldn't know that by being around her. She radiated joy and happiness wherever she was; being positive, finding joy in everything. A cheerful disposition, smiling face, and enjoyment for life were a part of each day.
Although Laurie was in pain most of her life, she was continuously cheerful and loved to make other people happy. She enjoyed writing little notes or cards, talking on the phone, keeping in contact through email or facebook, and video-chatting. Laurie was well known for her little notes, words of encouragement, and expressions of love. She went out of her way to make sure everyone was included and felt loved.
Her life was full of loving service. She took pleasure in doing little thoughtful things for others, which always brought a smile to the recipient and brightened their day. She loved holidays and delighted in creating and delivering goodies and uplifting words. She was selfless and kind to all.
Laurie was a big kid at heart and could make anything be fun. Whenever there were grandchildren or nieces and nephews around, she would be found spending time with them. At any family gathering, she would always be found playing games with the children or taking them to City Park or up the canyon. She was the favorite fun-loving aunt and grandma to so many. Laurie always had time for anyone and everyone. She tried to make sure everyone had fun and created numerous wonderful memories.
Laurie was very social and enjoyed any reason to get together with family and friends. She showed Christ-like love to everyone unconditionally. No one was a stranger to her. She had room in her heart for everyone and had a way of making anyone feel special.
Laurie loved the canyon and lakes near Lander and would spend many afternoons or evenings in the mountains, usually with her husband or son. She loved having a fire to sit by and enjoyed looking at the stars.
Her bubbly personality and laughter were contagious and leaves a void that cannot be filled.
Laurie is survived by her husband, Donald Craig Klingelhoets; her children: Tina Marie Klingelhoets of Colorado and Curtis Blake Klingelhoets of Lander; her grandchildren: Alyssa Kendall, Kailey Kendall, Caleb Green, Jonathan Green, and Aunastee Green; her parents: Edward Blake and Janet Carter; her sisters: Sherrie (Tim) Morris, Pamela Carter, Michelle (Rusty) Stewart, Janna Lee (Dave) Orant; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 10 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel, 653 Cascade, Lander, Wyoming. Family and friends may meet on Tuesday, May 23, from 5:00-7:00 at Hudson's Funeral Home, 680 Mount Hope Drive, and on Wednesday morning at the church at 9:00 prior to the services. Burial will be in the Mount Hope Cemetery.
Donations to assist with funeral arrangements may be made at Atlantic City Federal Credit Union "Laurie's Memorial Fund".