November 8, 1957 - October 10, 2015
Colleen passed away peacefully on the afternoon of October 10th with loved ones by her side. Colleen is preceded in death by her father James, sister Kathy, brother Steve and brother-in-law Dallas. She is survived by daughter Brigit, son Connor, ex-husband Jim, sister Mary Jo, brothers Jim, Kevin (Heidi), Dennis, Brian (Ann Marie), mother Artemis, loving nieces & nephews, and fellow traveler Craig. Colleen was especially touched by the special friends and in-laws who stayed so close and supportive during her illness.
Colleen lived an active, adventurous and loving life. She began canoeing 100+ miles in the Boundary Waters each summer as a teen, enjoying the solitude and natural beauty. She later joined the Peace Corps and worked to create economic viability for women and refugees. She began a career in business but found her true heart as a Clinical Social Worker. Colleen began as a therapist in Minneapolis and later opened Portland Trauma Recovery in Portland, Oregon. Colleen found therapy to be the pinnacle of purpose and meaning in her life. She had the gift of understanding, that beneath the pain, each person is absolutely whole. She carried this wisdom patiently until each client could discover and live their own resiliency and power.
Cancer gave Colleen an amazing 18 months within which to say “goodbye” to the many family and friends who thoughtfully spent time with her. She treasured this marvelous time to talk, listen, blog, laugh, meditate, and read. She made certain that we all understood, she was ready for the next “adventure”; that the process was certain and sacred. She had no regrets; she lived her life with richness and passion, she overflowed with the amazing legacy she saw in her children, clients and friends. She told us often that her life was more than enough.
Memorial Service and Reception will be held at :
First Universalist Church
3400 Dupont Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55408.
Date and time to be posted on this blog or call First Universalist Church.