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Marguerite "Clem" Kayser

May 21, 1930 - Nov 4, 2018
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Marguerite “Clem” Kayser was born in Barrhead, Alberta, Canada to Paul and Dorothy (McBride) Richart on May 21, 1930. She spent her early years in Loveland, Colorado. The family worked in migrant camps during the Dust Bowl years, finally settling in Battleground, Washington where she and her siblings attended school. The last two years of high school she moved to Goldendale, Washington to live with her sister, Berniece, who had married Maurice Marriott. There she became friends with Patsy (Kayser) Palmer and met Mark (Smoke). 

Clem married Smoke in Goldendale on June 7, 1949 at the courthouse with Grandma Ina and Patsy as witnesses. Smoke and Clem ranched with the Kayser family in Centerville. The Kaysers expanded their ranch in 1960 with Clem and Smoke moving to Ellensburg to live on a new ranch in the “Red House”. In 1966 they purchased the Fred Adams Ranch and moved down the lane to the big “White House”.  Throughout their marriage, many weekends were spent on the “rodeo trail” whether it was for themselves, with their friends, their kids or their grandkids, many lasting friendships were formed. Clem was an active partner to Smoke her whole life and a wonderful mother to Sam, Lynette, and Lori. They had a home full of love and happiness. 

Clem was well-known for her open heart and welcoming smile. She never knew a stranger. Many kids called Clem’s house home and each and every one of them held a special place in her heart; she had a huge impact on all of the lives she touched.

Clem’s yard and garden were well cared for and she passed that passion to her girls. Her sewing and cooking were legendary!  Flat Apple Pie and Clem Shirts are known far and wide. 

Clem passed away peacefully in her home on the ranch surrounded by family Sunday, November 4, 2018. Clem was preceded in death by her husband, Smoke Kayser. She is survived by her son, Sam Kayser and daughters, Lynette Prosser (Carlie) and Lori Peila (Bill), six grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.


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