Eleanor “Marie” Kalness was born October 15, 1940, the second of four daughters born to Cecil and Margaret (Elliott) Kalness. Marie grew up in the Miles City and Forsyth areas of Montana, attending Forsyth High School and graduating as Valedictorian in 1957.
Marie attended Gale Institute in Minneapolis, MN in hopes of becoming a Flight Attendant or working in the airline industry, but later chose to make her career with Tele-Communications, Inc. (“TCI”). Marie joined TCI in 1965 in Bozeman, MT and transferred to the corporate headquarters in Denver, CO in 1973. Marie retired as Vice President, Corporate Communications in 1999 after 34 years.
Marie was an accomplished pianist and an avid bowler for many years. She also loved her many inside animals as well as outside ones too. Watching the birds, deer and wildlife around her homes in Colorado was one of her favorite pastimes. All that knew her saw many pictures of both and heard entertaining stories to go along with.
Marie was a devoted Denver Broncos fan. She and her mother, Margaret, watched the games religiously each week. If the Broncos were having a rough game, she was known to leave the room and do something else in hopes that this would encourage them to play better. She never proved that this worked.
After retirement, Marie was actively involved in her niece Shannon’s auto racing team as well as a graphics design business in which she was a partner. More recently Marie had been actively involved with her great niece, Samantha. She was a common fixture at her school and extracurricular activities becoming well known to everyone as Samantha’s “Mimi”.
Marie died peacefully surrounded by family and friends early Wednesday morning, June 6, 2018 after a long battle with heart disease. She was 77 years old.
Marie is survived by her sister, Karen (Bob) Butscher of Centennial, CO; niece, Shannon Muir and great niece, Samantha Campbell of Parker, CO as well as her “adopted” nephew, Scott (Toni) Backman of Centennial, CO. Marie was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents, two infant sisters, Arlene and Mary and recently her nephew, Jeff Campbell.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the following:
Porter Hospice at the Johnson’s Center, 5020 E. Arapahoe Road, Centennial, CO 80122 or to Hope for Paws 8950 W. Olympic Blvd. #525, Los Angeles, CA 90211 303-561-5100
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Interment will follow at Custer County Cemetery. Condolences to the family may be sent by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com