Colleen "Colly" Morrow (Bell), 65, died Sept. 27, 2013, at her home in Klamath Falls following a lengthy illness.
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Colly was born Aug. 29, 1948, in Lincoln, Kan., to Don and Audrey (Haley) Bell. She was the second of 10 children and the oldest girl.
Most of her childhood was spent on the island of Guam. She graduated from Oregon Institute of Technology twice and was a life member of Phi Theta Kappa. She worked as a nurse's aide/secretary for 13 years and as a registered nurse for 20 years. She retired in 2001 due to rheumatoid arthritis. She was licensed in the states of Alaska, Arizona, Oregon and Texas. Her favorite place to live and work was in Lakeview, Ore.
Colly was married a few times and gave birth to five stalwart sons.
In her younger years, she enjoyed shooting pool, fishing, music and reading. Later, she enjoyed walking and could often be seen walking in the downtown area of Klamath Falls with her buddy Mickey (see photo). She was a quiet, honest person with a good work ethic. Her favorite songs were "If I Can Dream" by Elvis Presley and "Bandera" by Willie Nelson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Don F. Bell; her sister, Cindy Lou Durbin McNutt; her first-born son, Robert Vuinovic;, former husbands Bob Vuinovich, Melvin Beal and John Morrow; and friend Dolly Kindle.
Survivors include her sons, Jacob Beal (Anna) of Klamath Falls, Joseph Beal of Portland, Joshua Beal (Jeana) of Klamath Falls, and Billy Vuinovich of North Carolina. She also is survived by grandchildren, Brandon Brown, Erin Brown, Nicole Wiebe (Cho), Jacob Beal, Joshua Beal and Shaylee Beal and great-grandson, Arturo Leon Alvarado, all of Klamath Falls. She is survived by her father's wife, Elizabeth Bell; and siblings Cathy Bortz (Darroll), both of Klamath Falls, Galilee Bell-Zimbalist (Henry) of Grants Pass, Sharon Pederson (Dean) of Lake Stevens, Wash., David Bell (Krys) of Vancouver, Wash., Tamara Roby (James) of Salem, and Daniel Bell and Teresa Bell, both of Klamath Falls. She also is survived by her remarkable and faithful friend, Richard Pongon and his dog, Mickey.
A memorial service for Colly and for her sister, Cindy, who passed away on Sept., 25, 2013, will be held in God's Lighthouse Missionary Outpouring Ministry, 4226 Greensprings Drive, on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at 2 p.m.
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Published in Herald And News on Oct. 3, 2013