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In Memory

Christine Nuckols (Michaelson Hess)

Christine Nuckols Michaelson, 78, a longtime Montpelier educator and community volunteer, died Saturday, September 14, 1996, at Bear Lake Memorial Hospital after an extended illness.

Christine was born June 14, 1918 in Anaconda, Montana, to Harry Graddy and Ruth Sneddon Nuckols.  She attended schools in Montpelier, and graduated from Montpelier High School in 1936.  She received a degree in business administration from the University of Idaho in 1940, and later received her master’s degree in education.

She was a teacher for 39 years, two in Salmon and the remainder in Montpelier, where she taught at Lincoln School and Montpelier High School.  In addition to her work in the classroom, she also served as a charter member of the Bear Lake Educational Foundation.

During World War II she also worked for the U.S. Navy in Ogden, Utah.

She married Andrew Jesse Michaelson on February 15, 1943 in Montpelier.  He died December 24, 1988.  She later married Spencer W. Hess on January 3, 1991.  He died on September 23, 2007.

She married Spencer Williams Hess on January 3, 1991 in Clark, Nevada.

Christine was a volunteer at the Bear Lake Memorial Hospital for eight years. She was a member of the Bear Lake Cancer Society and also served as president.  She loved to read, was a volunteer at the Bear Lake County Library, and also served as treasurer of the Bear Lake County Library Board.

She was a 50-year member of the Betsy Ross Chapter No. 17 of the Eastern Star, and also a past matron.

Christine is survived by a daughter, Jan (Malcolm) Dick of Shelton, Washington, stepchildren John Hess, Mary McClanahan and Paul  (Lynne) Hess,  three grandchildren,  James , Christine and Andrew Zimowsky and six great grandchildren.

Interment was in the Montpelier City Cemetery.

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02/24/14 01:03 PM #1    

Larry Grimes (1958)

I was lucky to have had Mrs. Michaelson as my 5th grade teacher, as my neighbor, and as my teacher in highschool. She taught me to diagram sentences, to type and to reach out to the world beyond our mountains. She also taught me to write a cogent business letter.  I may have slipped a little in the last few years and am now too verbose.  She didn't like that. When I decided to go to U of I I know she was pleased.  She later married a Beta fraternity brother and we saw each other at the 75th anniversary of that group in Moscow.  I was leading the singing, Wes Baker style, and afterward she came up to me and said, "Your Dad would have been so proud."  That was a great compliment from a great lady.  

03/27/14 11:27 AM #2    

Allen Bagley (1960)

Mrs. Michaelson taught me bookkeeping my senior year.  Thanks to her teaching and encouragement, I found what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.  I got a degree in accounting and ended my career as a Corporate Controller all due to her wonderful teaching.  What a great start in life she gave me.

03/28/14 11:43 AM #3    

Patricia Budge (1963)

I distinctly remember Mrs. Michaelson when I was in her shorthand and typing classes.  She stuck out in my mind, and I was grateful for everything she taught me in these skills in preparation for a lifetime of secretary/administrative jobs.

03/29/14 08:49 PM #4    

Eva Mae Kunz (Johnson Berry) (1956)

I loved "Mrs. Mike" in shorthand and bookkeeping as well!  She was a great teacher with a wonderful smile and personality plus!  She was one of my favorite teachers in good old Montpelier High School!  Eva Kunz Berry

06/28/14 05:50 PM #5    

Karren Winters (Ashley) (1957)

Mrs. Mike's typing class!  I can still hear her drilling us on the typewriter keys which were covered so we had to memorize them.  The skills she taught in typing class are probably one of the most useful things that have followed me throughout my life.  I remember her sending students down to the office borrow, Victor and Marilyn to use in her class.  I can still remember some of the shortand that I used a lot during college days, although I would hate to try to read it.  She was one of my favorite teachers.  Karren Winters Ashley

08/01/14 12:35 PM #6    

Norma Lee Nelson (Collins) (1953)

Mrs. Mike was the best commercial arts teacher I had in all my education.   She told my Aunt Verma Lindsasy that I  was the best student she had in all her teaching.  What a compliment, and I have used that knowledge all my life.

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