Colleen Marie Ross passed away Monday, July 8, 2019, at Wedgewood Terrace, in Lewiston.
Colleen was born Jan. 4, 1930, in Sharon, Mich., to Roy and Hazel Seeley. In 1937, the family moved to Weippe, where she attended school. She graduated from Weippe High School in 1948.
After high school, she worked at miscellaneous restaurants and at the logging camp for Potlatch Forest Industries around Headquarters, Idaho. She met Ted Byers there in 1950, and they were married in the spring of 1951. Colleen and Ted welcomed a son, Kelly, later that year. They divorced in 1952.
Colleen continued to work in the Headquarters area, where she met Charles “Chuck” Ross in 1958. They married Sept. 6, 1958, in Boise. They welcomed a daughter, Sandra, in 1959, and a son, Marty, in 1960. Colleen and Chuck lived in Headquarters until 1961, then briefly lived in Bovill before moving to Lewiston in 1963.
In Lewiston, Colleen worked as a homemaker and occasional housekeeper. The family welcomed two more sons, Steven in 1965 and David in 1967.
Colleen stayed active and was in bowling leagues for many years. She was a member of the Lewis Clark Doll Club and later a local button club. She was always very involved in her children’s school activities, and could always be counted on for bake sales or making costumes for school plays.
Colleen was an avid doll collector and enjoyed participating in doll shows. Over the years, her collection started to include stuffed animals and other collectibles. She also enjoyed collecting stamps and buttons.
She will most be remembered for her huge heart. She loved children and treated many neighborhood children and friends like they were her own. No child ever left her house hungry. She was a gracious hostess and no one ever felt unwelcome in her home.
Colleen was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; her parents; and brothers Dennis, Gary, Gerald “Bud” and James.
She is survived by her sister, Esther (Don); sons Kelly (Sue), Marty (Amber), Steve (Stacey) and Dave (Stephanie); and daughter Sandy. She also has several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was a “grandma” to many others.
An informal memorial service and covered-dish meal will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lewiston Community Center.