Sweet Colleen persevered and overcame three prior cancers. Her spirit and passion for family never wavered, but her body was unable to compete with the aggressive nature of her 4th cancer.
Colleen was born in Newport, Oregon to Mark and Catherine Collson. She was the first daughter and 3rd of six children of a close, lively Irish family. Growing up she enjoyed dance, and being involved in her community. Her first job was at the Dairy Queen, but it was her next job as a Candy Striper (avoiding working at family grocery store) that inspired her to a career in Nursing. She was a graduate of Newport High School and Good Samaritan School of Nursing. She dedicated her professional nursing career to working in women’s health, positively impacting the lives of thousands of women.
Colleen met John in 1971, and they were married on October 2, 1976. She gave birth to a son, John Quentin on Halloween 1979. She was an Oregonian through and through, migrating from Newport to Portland, and establishing her family in Beaverton, OR. She was the consummate sports mom and wife, and took pride in being the best baseball scorekeeper of all time, according to Coach P! John and Colleen were happily married for 40 years.
One of the happiest moments of her life was when their son, John, married Carlyn in 2009, and blessed them with 2 beautiful granddaughters, Kailey Lyn (6) and Olivia Quin (2). They gave her boundless joy in being Grandma.
Colleen loved animals, and rescued 2 Westies, nurtured them back to health, and they nurtured her in return. She was an avid gardener, a gifted knitter and craftsperson, and a Jill-of-all-trades… she could fix anything!
Her love of life, her sense of humor, her incredible energy, and unconditional love for family will always be remembered.
Colleen is preceded in death by her parents Mark and Catherine Collson and father in-law John Percich. She is survived by her husband John F. Percich, son John Q, daughter-in-law Carlyn, and granddaughters Kailey Lyn & Olivia Quin; her siblings Mark(Lynne), Pat(Patty), Maureen, Mike(Dee), and Kevin; mother in-law Patricia; sisters and brothers in-law Dan, Cathy, Jenni(Paul), Patti(Daniel), and a total of 30 nieces and nephews.
A Celebration Of Life for Colleen will be held April 23rd at Portland Brewing Company from 1pm-4pm, 2730 NW 31st Ave. Portland, OR
For more info go to Crown Memorial site: www.anewtradition.com
Donations can be made to Downtown Women’s Center, 511 SW 10th Ave, Suite 905, Portland, OR 97205.