Clarice Gates, 83 | Daily Inter Lake

Clarice Gates, 83

Clarice Marie (Maas) Ost Gates was born in Kalispell on November 9, 1939 and died peacefully in Kalispell on November 10, 2022. Clarice will be buried on Tuesday, November 22nd in Woodlawn Cemetery in Columbia Falls.

Clarice graduated from Columbia Falls High School in 1958. She married Karl “Butch” Ost on August 23, 1958, and they had a daughter, Brenda Katherine Ost, in 1959. Over the next few years, the family moved around the state for Butch’s work. Clarice was an avid Girl Scout leader and wedding cake decorator during this period. Clarice spent her free time hunting, camping, fishing, and rock collecting. In 1976, the couple ended their marriage.

On May 5, 1979, Clarice married Louis B. Gates, whom she met while attending Flathead Valley Community College. Clarice then spent her time campaigning with Lou for the Democratic Party. The two later enjoyed taking their granddaughter Jennifer with them while they campaigned locally. Clarice also published a book called Living with Hypoglycemia in 1985.

Clarice enjoyed many things in her life such as dedicating herself to creating recipes for hypoglycemia, to the vegetable and orchard, to compiling information for Helena Flats Elementary School and Canyon View Elementary School. She also devoted her time to a very accurate and detailed family tree. She tracked down old family deeds, visited the properties and delved into the history of Montana that could be traced back to the family. The Atteberry family history she compiled is currently housed in the Central School Museum (now the Northwest Montana History Museum) in Kalispell. Works in progress include the family tree and photo books for each segment of the family.

She is survived in death by her daughter Brenda Ost-Brown and her Columbia Falls husband Tim Brown. her grandson Jeremy Turner, her wife Shawnell and their four children Daniel, Audrey, Christopher and Wesley of Bakersfield, California; her granddaughter Jennifer (Turner) Williams, husband Justin and their three children Austin, Logan and Lillian of Sanford, North Carolina; her brother Edwin Maas and family of Gillette, Wyoming; also several cousins, nieces, nephews, Lou’s daughter, Gretchen and family from Bigfork and many other loved ones.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Abbie Shelter in Kalispell.

The Johnson-Gloschat funeral home is taking care of her family.

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