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We lost an earth angel on November 16, 2016. After a courageous fight with cancer, Colleen (Co) Montague Kelly passed peacefully at the Sacramento home she shared with her fiancé, John Newlin.

Born in Oakland, CA on October 24, 1958 to Jery Montague and Beverly Jean Norfleet, she spent her early years in Alameda, CA, graduating from Alameda High in 1976.

Moving to Oakland, CA, Co lived for over 20 years in her beloved "Bertha", a beautifully restored 1900's Sears Kit home in "the Fruitvale District".

During her many years in Oakland, Co was a passionate volunteer, supporting various East Bay nonprofits. As a Unity Council board member, she helped with the planning and ultimate success of the now famous Fruitvale Transit Village.

Co worked as a insurance professional for 25+ years with a warm and supportive personality that won her many a friendship.

In 2007, Co was forced to medically "retire" but found her "little bit of heaven" in Brownsville, CA.

She graciously shared her mountain home with many a friend and these included many four- legged ones. Many a stray dog or cat was helped, adopted, or cared for.

Not one to become a recluse or hermit, Co joined the Foothill Loma Rica Lions club and again excelled at giving her time and love – voluntering.

Predeceased by her family, Jeanne Sloane and Lucia Mancinone and her mother Beverly Jean Norfleet, Co will be greatly missed by all her many friends and family.

Co's memorial will be held at the Foothill Loma Rica Lions Hall on December 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., 5667 Fruitland Road, Marysville, CA.

In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing to her favorite project: the Lions Club's Spring Valley School Christmas Project or a local nonprofit of your choice.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Dec. 2 to Dec. 4, 2016
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