A graveside service for Meryle Clement will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Billings, Montana. Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at the Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center Chapel in Gillette, Wyoming, with Pastor Gordon Harper officiating.
Meryle J. Clement, 100, of Gillette, Wyoming, went home to Heaven Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in the loving presence of her family (after complications from a fall a week earlier).
Meryle was the first of three daughters born to Andrew and Grace (Bailey) Teterud. She was born July 1, 1919, in Great Falls, Montana. In her younger years, she lived on the family ranch. Meryle loved telling stories of life there, milking cows, chasing chickens, or getting a quick ride on the back of a ram helped all of us see how she got the nickname “Red.” She had beautiful red hair and the personality to go with it.
Meryle graduated in 1936 from Cut Bank High School. She enjoyed activities with her friends like ice skating, going to dances, and socializing. Growing up, she worked at the courthouse and then decided to get her secretarial degree in Spokane, Washington. On May 20, 1938, she graduated from Kinman Business University.
Meryle married Edward (Bud) Clement March 14, 1944, in Cut Bank, Montana. They began their marriage in a tiny RV until, in 1947, she and Bud moved to Billings, Montana, where Bud worked in sales. At one point they owned and ran a tire business. Their son Drew was born in 1948, and daughter Deanna was born in 1952.
Meryle had a variety of jobs in Billings. She worked in an office, stayed home raising her two children (Drew and Deanna), gave accordion lessons, and worked retail at K-Mart, from where she eventually retired.
Meryle and Bud enjoyed dancing and went out almost every New Year’s Eve. He preceded her in death on May 5, 1976. She is now reunited with Bud and enjoying eternity with her Savior.
Meryle lived in the same house in Billings for over 50 years. She loved the color green, gardening, lilacs, roses, and raspberries were plants she enjoyed! She loved her sister, kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids! Meryle was her sister’s (Aryss) caregiver for over 20 years. She took care of her well into her 90s while living in Billings. In 2015, Meryle and Aryss came to Gillette and lived at Willow Creek Assisted Living. Meryle’s sister, Aryss, suffered a stroke and needed a little more care. In 2016, Aryss was blessed to make the Legacy her new home.
The family enjoyed many hours of visiting, watching HGTV, playing Crazy 8’s, and participating in Bingo, which paid out in one of her favorites: Hershey chocolates. Meryle enjoyed coloring and filled many books with her handiwork. She loved giving away a finished picture. Into her late 90s, she still enjoyed riding her stationary bike. The family was blessed to have her close in the last years of her life. Meryle was proud to be 100 years old!
Meryle is survived by her sister, Aryss Teterud of Gillette; daughter, Deanna (Mike) Barnette of Gillette; son, Drew (Claudia- deceased) Clement of Lancaster, South Carolina; grandchildren, Bri (Cam) Hooper of Gillette; Zak (Steph) Barnette of Belgrade, Montana; Nikki (Mike) Shaw of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Jody (Corey) Nestor of Gillette; Kelly (Mike) Daniel of Gillette; Kati Clement of Raleigh, North Carolina; Cristi (Colby) Hoefer of Holly Springs, North Carolina; James (Lois) Clement of Vass, North Carolina; Matt (Tabitha) Clement of Concord, North Carolina; and Courtney Clement of Lancaster, South Carolina; great-grandchildren, Kody Daniel of Gillette; Addison and Garrett Nestor of Gillette; Mikey Hyland of Concord, North Carolina; and Lukas, Lena, and Jack Hoefer of Holly Springs, North Carolina.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Meryle’s name to benefit The Activities Fund at the Legacy Living and Rehabilitation Center. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Walker Funeral Home, 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.walkerfuneralgillette.com