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Kelley Jean Gamel

February 19, 1958 — October 15, 2023

Kelley Jean Gamel

Kelley Jean (Day) Gamel, 65, of Boise, Idaho, passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, October 15th.

Born to Rod and Grace Day in Boise, Idaho, Kelley spent her formative years in the area alongside her two beloved sisters. The trio shared an unwavering sense of adventure and an innate talent for finding themselves in the midst of mischief. After an impromptu backyard karate duel with one of her sisters, Kelley decided that a career in martial arts was perhaps not her true calling.

Kelley was a dedicated lover of both animals and nature, often embarking on hikes with her sister through the picturesque trails of the Treasure Valley. Her personal favorite was Quickdraw/Polecat, where she found solace and joy in the great outdoors.

Her heart overflowed with compassion when she was in the presence of animals. In her most recent endeavors, Kelley dedicated her time to volunteering at the Simple Cats Foundation, where she poured her love into assisting with rescues.

She was a radiant and gentle soul who never gave up on anyone. Kelley went out of her way to ensure that her daughter, nieces, and nephews knew just how cherished they were to her. With unwavering determination, she consistently stood up for what she believed was right.

Kelley had a beautiful smile and a contagious laugh, and she loved playing practical jokes. She was known for her mischievous side, often pretending to spot a bear during hikes to playfully scare her companions, breaking into laughter when they fell for her tricks.

Kelley is survived by her loving daughter, Heather Hooper (Travis Hooper), her devoted mother, Grace Day, her sisters Cynthia Ray (Steve Ray) and Michelle Routledge , nieces and nephews Tyra Sims, Chelsea Mason, Tyler Schroeder, Taige Hammerel, and numerous second nieces and nephews, as well as her dear companion, Toby Gamel, and her cherished kitty, Lucy.

A celebration of Kelley's life will be held on Saturday, October 28th, at 11 am in Marianne Williams Park in Boise, ID. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that you consider donating in Kelley's name to

Kelley's vibrant spirit and love for life will forever be remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing her. She leaves behind a legacy of warmth, kindness, and an unending dedication to both people and animals.

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.”  – 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17


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