Tedi Ann (Lawson) LaMere was born September 27, 1963 to Clarence “Bob” and Birdie Lawson. February 13, 2022 the Lord took her home.
Tedi was active in a Church Youth group, and that is where she came to know the Lord. Through her testimony many young people were led to the Lord and her parents accepted the Lord.
While in Florida Tedi and her family got involved in Taekwondo and she earned her black belt.
Tedi’s hunting and fishing began with her dad at a young age. After their first hunting trip she never let her dad field dress her game. Tedi and her dad’s last fishing trip together was to Alaska fishing for salmon and halibut.
Kelly, her brother, and Tedi spent a lot of time together especially on a cruise to Hawaii, scuba diving, helicopter ride and going from Island to Island.
On November 21,2013 Tedi and Richard “Rich” LaMere were married and began their life together. As a family Tedi, Rich, and Sami spent many days each year camping, fishing and hunting.
After graduating from Respiratory Therapy School in Great Falls, Tedi, Rich and Sami moved to Kalispell. Tedi started work at Kalispell regional hospital in 2013. She had a passion for neonatal care and obtained her national certificate for neonatal and pediatric specialist. Tedi flew with the ALERT team in Kalispell until her health changed.
Tedi was an accomplished outdoors woman. She loved hunting, fishing, and hiking. She harvested many large elk, deer, and fish. With her health deteriorating she still had determination to haul her oxygen to a tree stand and hunt.
Tedi was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called Relapsing Polychondritis in 2017. She was determined to learn everything about the disease to help others. Tedi communicated with other patients around the world. She helped them get proper testing and the right DR’s involved in their care. Tedi’s passions and determination didn’t go unseen. She was interviewed and presented her story at a fundraising event for the National Institute of Health in Washington DC.
She was diagnosed with Primary CNS Lymphoma (brain cancer) in 2020 from the treatment for her autoimmune disease. She went through months of chemotherapy and was determined to beat the cancer.
Tedi is survived by her husband, Rich LaMere; parents, Bob and Birdie Lawson; brother, Kelly; sons, Dusty (Jennifer) Webb and Joe Avery; daughters, Brittany (Jeff) Harmon and Samara (Sami) LaMere; mother-in-law, Betty; stepdaughter, Kiana LaMere; brothers-in-law, Ron and Randy; sister-in-law, Tina; and grandchildren, Katelyn, Wyatt, Hunter, Zack, Silas and Julien.
Services will be held March 5, 2022, at the Chester Assembly of God Church at 2:00pm.