Charlotte Jeannette Gillespie Choate, 71, formerly of Orofino

      Charlotte Jeannette Gillespie Choate, a retired teacher, passed away on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 at St. Luke's Hospital in Boise. She was 71.

      Charlotte was born Aug. 9, 1942 in Orofino to Clyde John Gillespie and Cleo Jenkins Gillespie. She grew up in Sunnyside/Lenore on her family farm. She graduated from Orofino High School in 1960 as the salutatorian.

      Her interests included travel, baking, reading, gardening and being a great mother and grandmother. During the course of her lifetime she traveled throughout the United States as well as to England, Israel, Portugal, Russia, Scandinavia, Germany, Spain, Scotland, Denmark, Holland, France and Canada. She was never happier than when she was traveling with her family.

      She moved to Meridian in 2005 and worked in the Meridian School District.

      She is survived by her daughters: Cindee Williams and her husband, Verlin, of Auburn, WA, Cherri Choate Tom and husband, Randall, of San Ramon, CA and Christa Snyder and her husband, Theodore, of Meridian; her grandchildren: Courtnee Williams, Joshua Snyder, Rebecca Snyder and Casey Tom; her mother, Cleo Jenkins Gillespie; and her siblings: Clyde Gillespie Jr. and Carolyn Turner.

      Her Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Legacy Church, 1507 N. Meridian Rd in Meridian. The family is planning another Celebration of Life of service in Northern Idaho in the coming months.

      Flowers are welcome, but in lieu of flowers donations can be made to Easter Seals, Attn: Online Giving Coordinator 233 South Wacker Drive, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60606. Remembrances may be left for Charlotte's family at Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home.

      Charlotte was an amazing woman who was dedicated to her family and to her Christian faith. Her resilience and strength were inspirational. She touched many lives with her generosity and her loving nature. Her family will miss her presence and her love every day.

Clearwater Tribune November 21, 2013

Transcribed by Michal Berreth Beck

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