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Prayer Flags To Honor MT Jumbo Avalanche Victims

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While people are still devastated and heart broken about the avalanche that killed one woman and demolished a Missoula home, one Missoulian is planning to bring happiness to the site.

Dozens of people were set to hang more than 250 flags Thursday night, near the site at the base of Mount Jumbo, but the woman organizing the tribute decided to wait to allow more people to join the cause.

Claire Emery has a long history with Fred Allendorf, and his wife, Michel Colville, the couple caught in an avalanche when it hit and destroyed their home.

"I met my husband in Fred's class, Buddhism and Ecology at UM in 1994, so this is our 20 year anniversary of meeting Fred," Emery said.

After Colville passed away, and Allendorf battles his injuries in the hospital, the site where their home once was leaves community members saddened as they try to pick up the debris.

"I was driving through the area, and just saw the prayer flags there. I thought this is exactly what this site could use," Emery said.

Emery is working with the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center to allow anyone to drop off a prayer flag that will eventually be strung together and hung near the site.

"The prayer flags are one way that we can try to call in renewal and restoration to a site, to people that have been so broken," Emery said.

She didn't know what to expect when planning the project, but was shocked when she received more than 250 flags from people across the community and the nation.

"It's been a beautiful and unexpected rising of people, really looking to do to express their feelings about this," Emery said.

If you'd like to make a prayer flag Emery said you just take a six by nine piece of cotton fabric and decorate it anyway you'd like.

"Again being an artist, I think I approached this in an intuitive way, and maybe impulsive," Emery said.

The tribute was originally planned for Thursday, but after realizing how raw the emotions still are, and seeing the support from the community, Emery decided to hold off on it.

"We realized this is such a raw issue the site is so raw. It's a sensitive issue, and this is not time to bring people to that place," Emery said.

Emery said no matter what, the tribute will happen, it's just going to take some more healing and time.

For more instruction on making a prayer flag, and for updates on when the tribute will be held, visit the Missoula Avalanche Victim's facebook page

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