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Neva "Niki" Weatherly


December 31, 2020

Neva " Niki" Weatherly

A Celebration of Life for Neva C. "Niki" Weatherly will be held Saturday, January 9, 2021, at 2:30 p.m., at the Spokane Baptist Church, 4506 N. Harvard Road, Otis Orchards, Wash., 99027. The service will be live-streamed on the churches website; spokanebaptist.org for all that would like to view the service. The church will provide social distance seating by family if people want to attend in person. Niki passed away December 12, 2020, at Hospice of Spokane Hospice House South from chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

She was born December 27, 1945, at Missoula, Montana, to Julius and Phoebe (Loomer) Skaar. Niki attended Flathead County High School in Kalispell, Montana. Following high school, Niki attended Spokane Community College where she met Richard Weatherly. Richard and Niki married on July 23, 1966, in Kalispell, Mont. They made their home in Spokane where she worked part time for H & R Block, Lamonts Department Store, and Hickory Farms. She was a full time homemaker for her family. Richard served in the Air National Guard in Spokane for 35 years.

Niki and Richard were avid horsemen, and operated a Horse Arena in Spokane area for over 20 years, from 1979 to 2000. She was a member of the Washington State Horsemen's Assn., a 20 years 4-H leader in Spokane, and a member of the Northwest Pattern Racing Association. Niki enjoyed traveling, quilting, knitting, training and showing horses. Niki loved high mountain trail riding. She was an active member of the Spokane Baptist Church.

The couple made their home in Tekoa, Wash., from 1999 to 2008 following their retirement when they sold the horse ranch. Rich and Niki went full time RVing in 2008, traveling and sightseeing the entire United States. They moved to the Spokane Valley in 2012.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years Richard at the Spokane Valley home; her children, Wayne Weatherly of Olympia, Wash., and Tricina Conner of Etoile, Texas; three grandchildren; and a sister, Susan Mushlitz of Kirkland, Wash. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Garth and Harold Skaar.

Kramer Funeral Home of Tekoa, Washington, is caring for the family.


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