Friends, family remember Kelly Pease

Print Article

  • BETHANY BLITZ/Press Cheryl Shaw, left, and Sophia Shaw, right, place candles on a table at the vigil held for Kelly Pease Saturday. Family and friends gathered to celebrate Pease’s life and share stories about how she inspired them with her compassion and work ethic. Pease was found dead in her car at Kootenai Health on March 8.

  • 1

    BETHANY BLITZ/PressMisty Thelin, center, speaks at the vigil held for Kelly Pease Saturday about how Pease helped her and her family when they needed it the most. On right is her daughter, Carissa Thelin, and on the left is Charlee Coy, a family friend.

  • 2

    BETHANY BLITZ/Press From left to right: Hannah Pease, Abby Skeens, Bedria Shadrick and Carissa Thelin hold candles as they remember Kelly Pease at the vigil held in her honor Saturday night.

  • BETHANY BLITZ/Press Cheryl Shaw, left, and Sophia Shaw, right, place candles on a table at the vigil held for Kelly Pease Saturday. Family and friends gathered to celebrate Pease’s life and share stories about how she inspired them with her compassion and work ethic. Pease was found dead in her car at Kootenai Health on March 8.

  • 1

    BETHANY BLITZ/PressMisty Thelin, center, speaks at the vigil held for Kelly Pease Saturday about how Pease helped her and her family when they needed it the most. On right is her daughter, Carissa Thelin, and on the left is Charlee Coy, a family friend.

  • 2

    BETHANY BLITZ/Press From left to right: Hannah Pease, Abby Skeens, Bedria Shadrick and Carissa Thelin hold candles as they remember Kelly Pease at the vigil held in her honor Saturday night.

By BETHANY BLITZ

Staff Writer

Only the flicker of candles illuminated the faces of friends and family members of Kelly Pease Saturday night at the vigil held in her honor.

Parents, children, siblings and friends embraced one another as they passed a microphone to share stories about their beloved Kelly.

The mother of five was found dead in a car March 8 at Kootenai Health. The 37-year-old was a nursing student at North Idaho College. Her ex-fiancé, Steven Denson, 61, was wanted on suspicion of killing Pease but apparently took his own life when confronted by law enforcement the following day.

“She was the shining star of my life,” said Scott Isbell, Pease’s father. “I’m so proud of her and all the hard work she did and all of her accomplishments. With everything that was going against her, she kept trying.”

The vigil, held in the parking lot of Kootenai Health, started with a few songs by John Mayer, since Pease loved his music. The song “Daughters” played first and everyone quietly mouthed the words: “Fathers, be good to your daughters. Daughters will love like you do. Girls become lovers, who turn into mothers. So mothers, be good to your daughters too.”

Friend after co-worker after relative told stories about how Pease could do anything: She once fixed a broken-down car with a hair-tie; she was the most compassionate nurse out there; she was an incredible mother, not only to her own children, but to anyone who needed some food, inspiration, love or care.

“She was so close to fulfilling her dream [at nursing school],” said Annette Weyland, a friend who worked with Pease at Ivy Court, a nursing home in Coeur d’Alene. “She was born to be a nurse. She was a beautiful person who always fought to do the right thing.”

Pease’s daughter, Gabby Pease, also spoke about abusive relationships. She said her mother did everything right and only one person was to blame for her death. She added that she and her family won’t stop fighting against domestic violence.

“Every person that had anything to do in her life, we all got to experience my mom’s love in full force,” Gabby said.

Carissa Thelin said Pease was like a second mother to her.

“To know she’s gone, it seems fake. But it’s real,” the young girl said. “She was the sunshine in everyone’s lives. I don’t know how we’re going to get through this, but we’ll do it together.”

Print Article

Read More Local News

UI has its eye on federal building

June 20, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press COEUR d'ALENE — The University of Idaho's expanding programs and Kootenai County's desire to have all its justice services in one location have started talk about a building purchase. Charles Buck, ...

Comments

Read More

New funding formula needed, say locals

June 20, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press COEUR d’ALENE — The state’s funding formula for public education has to be scrapped, said audience members at a forum here Tuesday night. Hosted by consultants with the Denver-based nonprofit Educati...

Comments

Read More

Reuse, recycle, restructure

June 20, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press By RALPH BARTHOLDT Staff Writer A plunge in the recycling market will affect how Coeur d’Alene residents dispose of plastic and glass, but it won’t affect their pocketbooks. Coeur d’Alene City C...

Comments

Read More

Howell pleads guilty to traveling to Idaho for sex with minor

June 20, 2018 at 5:00 am | Coeur d'Alene Press COEUR d’ALENE — Harley Lee Howell, III, 35, of Colville, Wash., pleaded guilty Monday to travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual contact with a minor, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced. Ho...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(208) 664-8176
215 N. Second St
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814

©2018 The Coeur d'Alene Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X