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Marilyn Louise Langstaff

Marilyn Louise Langstaff, of Boise, Idaho, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2002, with family at her brother’s home in Rifle, Colo. She succumbed to liver and kidney failure after a battle with colon cancer. She was 57.

She was born July 14, 1945, in Rifle to Annie Watson (Smith) and William Leon Langstaff.

She was a 1963 graduate of Rifle Union High School.



She married Elmer Gene Clugston, of Rifle, June 1, 1963. The couple promptly took off on their honeymoon to “the last frontier” to start their new married life. They were inspired by the book “Follow the North Star.”

In 1980, she was selected Matanuska Valley’s Homemaker of the Year.



She was well known in her neighborhood as an independent woman who was very grateful for her neighbors’ help during her husband’s several-week absences while he worked as a carpenter in the bush.

She enjoyed softball, and her favorite team was the Hole in the Glove Gang.

She was very involved with in her children’s lives and schools and managed to maintain a farm and a garden as well as beautify her home with many flowers and shrubs.

She held an active participant role with the local PTA. She assisted several teachers with homework corrections and attended many band and hockey trips as chaperone.

In 1989, she divorced her husband and moved to Boise, where she pursued a nursing career. She graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1992.

During her 13-year residency in Boise she managed to travel and hike many of the mountains and parks of Idaho, Utah and Colorado.

She was preceded in death by sister Martha Flynn; brothers Richard Ervin Langstaff, Walter Roy Langstaff and Jesse Alfred Langstaff; and her parents.

She is survived by daughters Lucy Klebesadel, of Palmer, Alaska, Victoria Clugston, of Boise, and Jeanette Clugston, of Wasilla, Alaska; son Leon Clugston, of Wasilla; grandchildren Corey Buzzard, Nicholas Langham and Jennifer Klebesadel; sister Thelma King; and brothers William James Langstaff and Lester Langstaff, of Rifle.

A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Rifle Funeral Home in Rifle.

Cremation has taken place, and her ashes will be spread at her favorite hiking place on the family ranch.

Memorial contributions may be made to Roaring Fork Hospice.


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