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Shauna Kingston

February 9th, 1949 - March 28th, 2024

Shauna Ruth Kingston passed away, peacefully, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on March 28, 2024, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Shauna was born to Harold and Barbara Hurley on February 9, 1949, in Ririe, Idaho. Shauna was an Idaho girl, through and through. With the exception of 2 1/2 years in Utah, Shauna always resided in the great state of Idaho. Shauna graduated from Idaho Falls High School in 1967 and went on to Idaho State University. Love and marriage would happen before she could graduate.

Shauna married a boy she met in her youth on family camping trips to Bear and Henry’s Lakes and the Yellowstone Valley, David O. Kingston. They were married in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on August 1, 1970. Dave and Shauna made a beautiful couple and a great team in partnership and companionship. Their union later welcomed three children: Michele, David Jr. and Amy, giving Shauna her greatest joy and mission in life. In a current culture where domestic engineering greatness isn’t particularly celebrated, back in the 70’s and 80’s, this is where Shauna’s gifts and talents shined the brightest. Claiming the saying “cleanliness is next to godliness”, her home was fit for the home and garden tour any day of the week. Her gift of hospitality was shared frequently with parties fit for royalty. She was an expert seamstress, creating anything from prom dresses to quilts and all the hemming and alterations in between. Her young family of five spent hours cooking together in the kitchen, creating lasting memories and family recipes that we each use and treasure to this day. Shauna made the art of being a soccer mom extraordinaire look easy, encouraging her children to try everything and spending hours and days driving them and their teammates and friends to each game or recital or concert, cheering them on and supporting them in all they had the waking hours to do. Shauna was not afraid to pack up her children and the motor home for adventures to soccer and hockey camps and tournaments , driving them all over the Western United States and as far away as British Columbia. She must have been exhausted, but there was never any shortage of food or fun! And then, with grace and style, she would dress up and show up for her husband when it was time to entertain their clients and business associates.

In her 75 years, Shauna lived a life of passion and abundance, enjoying a multitude of hobbies and activities including golf, hiking, camping, snowmobiling, downhill and cross-country skiing, boating, crafting, cooking, gardening and traveling. She was also an accomplished pianist, playing classical masterpieces and duets with her daughters, and playing and singing sessions with carols and show tunes, filling her home with song and joy. She made each holiday, and especially Christmas, extra fun and special with her attention to detail with decorations and bringing the spirit of the holiday alive in her home. She even entered and won holiday yard decorating contests in Idaho Falls and was also famous for her yearly yard sales!

She cherished being a wife, mother and grandmother. Her natural tendency toward caregiving inspired her to study nursing and obtain her CNA certification at the age of 60. She was a kind, compassionate and empathetic nurse to many residents in nursing homes until she ended up being a resident there herself. She battled Alzheimer’s graciously and courageously. Shauna is survived by her daughter Michele (Bruce) McStay of Bellevue, Idaho, her son Dave Jr. (Danielle) Kingston and daughter Amy J. Kingston of Idaho Falls; five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Harold and Barbara Hurley and brother Paul Hurley.

A celebration of life service for Shauna will be held on June 30, 2024 at the Idaho Falls Art Museum at 300 S. Capital Ave from 1:00-4:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to your local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous or the Alzheimer’s Association in her memory.

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