Clarice Marie Gates

November 9, 1939 ~ November 10, 2022 (age 83)


Clarice Marie (Maas) Ost Gates was born November 9, 1939, in Kalispell, Montana and passed away peacefully in Kalispell on November 10, 2022. Clarice will be buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, in Columbia Falls, Montana with graveside services on Tuesday, November 22, 2022.
Clarice graduated from Columbia Falls High School in 1958. She married Karl (Butch) Ost on August 23, 1958, and the two of them had one daughter, Brenda Katherine Ost in 1959. During the next few years, the family moved all over the state for Butch’s work. Clarice was an avid girl scout leader and wedding cake decorator during that time. Clarice spent her free time hunting, camping, fishing, and rock collecting. The couple ended their marriage in 1976.
On May 5, 1979, Clarice married Louis B Gates, whom she’d met while attending FVCC. Clarice then spent her time campaigning with Lou for the Democratic party. The two later enjoyed taking their granddaughter, Jennifer, along while campaigning locally. Clarice also published a book in 1985 titled “Living with Hypoglycemia”.
Clarice enjoyed many things in her life such as devoting herself to create recipes for hypoglycemics, vegetable and fruit gardening, compiling information for the Helena Flats Grade School and the Canyon View Grade School. She also devoted her time towards a very precise and in-depth family tree. She tracked down old family homestead deeds, visited the properties and delved into Montana history that could be traced back to the family. The Atteberry Family history that she compiled is currently in the Central School Museum in Kalispell, Montana. Unfinished work includes the family tree and photo books for every segment of family.
Clarice is survived in death by her daughter, Brenda Ost-Brown and husband Tim Brown of Columbia Falls. Her Grandson, Jeremy Turner, wife Shawnell and their 4 children, Daniel, Audrey, Christopher, and Wesley of Bakersfield, California. Her granddaughter, Jennifer (Turner) Williams, husband Justin and their 3 children, Austin, Logan and Lillian of Sanford, North Carolina. Her brother, Edwin Maas and family of Gillette, Wyoming. Also, multiple cousins, nieces, nephews, Lou’s daughter, Gretchen and family of Bigfork, Montana, and many other loved ones.
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