Cecelia Leona Kollman went to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 6, 2018, in Heppner, Oregon. She was born on May 16, 1921, in Claresholm, Alberta, Canada, to Peter and Mary Conrad.
In 1924, when she was three years old, the family moved to Alameda, California, where she went to school from kindergarten through fifth grade. She attended fifth through ninth grade in Bosburg, Washington.
On July 20, 1942, she married Kenneth “Jim” Kollman in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. They had three daughters, Carole, Joy, and Karen.
She lived in Ukiah, Oregon, from 1944 to 1969 and worked in the Ukiah School cafeteria from 1954-1969, and later after her husband passed in 1967, she worked for Traeger’s in Seattle, Washington, in 1969-1976, and Pendleton Community Hospital and St. Anthony Hospital from 1977-1993. She also briefly lived in Athol, Idaho, Pilot Rock, and Heppner, Oregon.
Both her parents and grandparents were of German descent. Naturalization took place on Dec. 5, 1949. However, her DNA revealed Italian, Scandinavian and Eastern European.
She volunteered for the Foster Grandparent Program from 1995-2008. She was a lifetime member of the Eagles Auxiliary. She loved to read all genres. She was an avid crossword puzzle expert. She enjoyed all kinds of crafts including copper tooling, ceramics, and jewelry. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. One of her lifetime achievements was receiving her GED in May of 1990.
She is survived by two daughters, Carole Picard of Pilot Rock, Oregon, and Karen Phegley of Heppner, Oregon; grandchildren, Heather Garrett (Duane), Patrick Picard (Stephanie), Hilary Myers (Dale), Brian Kollman (Amy); 14 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, daughter Joy, one brother, seven sisters and one great-great-grandson.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice in c/o Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.
There will be a graveside service at Olney Cemetery on Friday, July 13, 2018, at 11 a.m. There will be a celebration of life immediately following the service at the Eagles Lodge. All are welcome to attend.
Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Sign the on line condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com