Kristie Goates

Kristie Goates (Neilson)

Thursday, October 26th, 1950 - Wednesday, April 8th, 2020
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On the evening of April 8, 2020, Kristie Neilson Goates passed away in Kentwood, Michigan, from complications from advanced Alzheimer disease. She was born on October 26, 1950 to George E. and Marjorie (Anderson) Neilson in Murray, Utah. She grew up in Rupert, Idaho, graduating from Minico High School in June 1968, before pursuing a degree in English at Brigham Young University, where she met her husband A. Wayne Goates. They were married on June 1, 1973, and spent time living in Idaho, Oregon, and Michigan. She is survived by her husband; mother Marjorie Neilson; daughters Bryn (Zachary) Grisham and Bree (Collin) Goates; siblingsĀ­ Erik, Jon, Karla, Kjel, Lisa, and Marta; and four grandchildren Felix, Theo, Celeste, and Cy. Kristie was first and foremost devoted to her family and spent years caring for her ailing father who also suffered from Alzheimer disease. Upon his death she continued to care for her mother. Kristie felt passionately about protecting children from abuse and was proud of her time serving on the Oregon Citizen Review Board to advocate for children in foster care. Kristie and Wayne shared a passion for historic homes and spent years renovating their 1910 craftsman home, which won local recognition and became a beautiful gathering place for friends and family. But most of all, she will be remembered for her smile and playful humor that was a hallmark of her quick wit and love, and she will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
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