Tari Lynn Shaw

POLSON — Tari Lynn Shaw, 53, of Polson, our bright shining star shined for the last time on November 4, 2021 at UW Medical Center in Seattle, WA. Tari was born on December 12, 1967 at Holy Family Hospital in St. Ignatius to Virginia Sanders Shaw and Richard (Dick) Shaw. She was welcomed as an early Christmas gift to her seven siblings at the family home. Tari was raised in the Evaro/Arlee area. She attended schools in Frenchtown, Arlee and Dixon; graduating from Two Eagle River School in 1985. 

As a young girl, Tari spent time with her siblings enjoying the outdoors and looking forward to trips to the Jocko area for picnics, fishing and camping. With her extended family, she looked forward to the annual Bison Range get togethers for bbq’s and games. One of her cherished gatherings was the Memorial Day Camp out at Blue Bay Campground.

After graduating from Two Eagle River Schools, she began her employment following in her brother’s footsteps as a Wildland Fire Fighter. Her small statue was a surprise to her fellow fire fighters but didn’t interfere with her ability to keep up with them. It was at this time, Tari began making new friends, celebrating her independence while cruising her BLU BLUR Chevrolet camero. Tari made her friends easily with her outgoing personality and positive outlook in life. With her besties in tow she cruised the highways listening to the latest tunes and finding adventures on the Flathead River either at Sloan’s or Buffalo Bridge.

When it came time to settle down, Tari began her employment with the Tribal Personnel Office. While employed there, she made numerous friends one being her supervisor and mentor, George Cowan, encouraging her to set life goals make smart decisions and shoot for the stars. From the personnel office, she moved onto to the Tribal Administration Department as the Executive Aide. This is where she worked closely with the Tribal Council recording weekly council minutes and learning about Tribal Issues that were of great importance to her. 

Tari met Glen Wunderlich and they were married in Ronan. To this union, they were blessed with two beautiful daughter’s Janay & Casadi Wunderlich. There older sister, Jessica Wunderlich, also joined them at the family home. 

It was at this time, Tari took a career break to become a full time stay at home mom. Tari enjoyed motherhood from packing school lunches to participating in her daughter’s school activities. Tari was an avid sports fan watching her daughter’s participate in volleyball & basketball. She traveled throughout the Mission Valley and beyond to Spokane Hoopfest to the Denver Indian Basketball tournament. She was especially proud when her daughter, Casadi, was invited to participate in the Down Under Basketball tournament in Australia.

Once the girls became school age, she then returned to full time employment with the Ronan Telephone Company. In October of 2013, Tari finally found her passion with the Tribal Legal Department working on the Water Rights Compact.

Tari was a proud member of the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribe and kept well informed of the issues facing the tribe. She embraced her tribal identity and tirelessly defended the CSKT Tribal Sovereignty Rights. She also served on the Salish Kootenai Housing Authority Board of Commissioners where she stuck to policies and procedures while making some hard decisions. She loved being on the board and knowing she was making a difference for our tribal membership facing housing issues.

Tari was beautiful, ambitious, focused and possessed adept abilities in finding solutions to every obstacle that she faced. Tari was also generous, caring about others above her own needs. She was compassionate to others in their times of sickness or grief. She always offered her hand in friendship and knew how to express a kind word when needed. 

Tari’s hobbies and interests included surfing Facebook to reconnect with old and new friends, finding the best deals on QVC and researching for the latest and greatest skin care products no matter how far she had to look. 

In the spring of 2019, Tari was again blessed and honored to take on the role of YaYa when her granddaughter, Hazelynn was born. In the two years that followed, Hazelynn became her source of inspiration and happiness thru difficult times with COVID-19 isolation and her on-going health issues. Tari’s greatest joy was spending time with her Hazelnut which could include facetiming, making funny faces on Snapchat, reading a book on the couch, singing, laughing and dancing creating lasting memories. Hazelnut was her Yaya’s little sidekick.

Tari was preceded in death by her father Richard (Dick) Shaw, her mother Virginia Hunter, brothers Lloyd & Larry Colman. Paternal grandparents, Clyde & Adeline Sanders and aunt, Lorena Lawson. 

Tari is survived by her daughter’s Casadi (Edgar) of Polson, Janay of Ronan. Stepdaughter, Jessica (Robert) of Missoula; Granddaughter, Hazelynn Quequesah. Siblings: Charlene (Kenny) Friedlander, Roxanne (Marty) Herak, Lyle Colman, Joan Colman and Tracy Shaw. Cousins: Sue Lawson, Pam (Steve) McDonald, Renee (Jason) Joachim, Kimberly Lawson. Sister in law, Laurie Colman. Special nephews Shane (Becky) Colman and Eli (Susette) Sheridan. Several nieces and nephews along with great nieces and nephews. Her friends whom she had a special bond with Abby Dupuis, Gina Ardiana, James Davis, Marty Zobel and neighbors: Peanut and Emmett. 

At Tari’s request and honoring her last wishes, cremation has taken place. On Friday, November 19 from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Two Eagle River School we ask that you come to have dinner and share memories of Tari’s life. Please remember that the family is asking you to follow strict COVID -19 protocols. Please note at a later date and time which will be announced, the family will plan a Celebration of Tari’s life for all participate and enjoy.

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