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Kiilsgaard, Marco – Obituary

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Marco Kiilsgaard, 84, died April 12, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Care Center after a long illness.

Her memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2625 Hughes Lane. Bishop David Richards will preside and Dick Hindman will conduct the service.

Marco was born on Oct. 13, 1920, at Rockland, Idaho, to Chris and Martha Hunsaker Kiilsgaard. She was their second child.

She attended elementary school at Inkom, Idaho, but the family moved north to Bonners Ferry, Idaho, when Marco was in junior high school. After high school, she attended Lewiston Normal School at Lewiston, Idaho. She began teaching at Bonners Ferry, Idaho. She later received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho at Moscow.

She taught at Marysville, Wash., and Kodiak and Fairbanks, Alaska, before going to work for the Department of Defense teaching dependents of U.S. Air Force personnel. She taught in Germany, Morocco, the Philippines, Japan and Korea and spent most of her time on Okinawa.

For a time she worked for the American Red Cross in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. At that time she returned to college and received a master’s degree in occupational therapy. Soon after that she returned to teaching on Okinawa.

She retired from teaching and moved to Las Vegas, Nev., in 1985. After an illness, she moved to Baker City in December 1993. Her true love was to travel and fortunately, she was able to see most of the world. She said she had the perfect life for a single person.

Survivors include her brothers and sisters, Thor Kiilsgaard and his wife, Martha, of Spokane, Wash., Carl Kiilsgaard and his wife, June, of Viola, Idaho, Tedde Healey of Mesa, Ariz., Joyce Hindman and her husband, Dick, of Baker City, Elene Rock and her husband, Jim, of Las Vegas, Nev., and Dane Kiilsgaard and his wife, Sharon, of Little Rock, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews and their children.

Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, April 15, 2005
Transcribed by: Belva Ticknor

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