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Colleen Ruth Pryor (nee Moore)

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Colleen Ruth Pryor (nee Moore) passed away peacefully December 7, 2013, in Highland Village, TX, at the age of 91. Colleen was born in Milwaukee, WI, March 15, 1922. She was the daughter of Marion "Marie" Falvey Moore and William Henry Moore.

Colleen was a graduate of Divine Savior/ Holy Angels in Milwaukee, and attended Mount Mary College. She graduated from Chapman College in Orange County, CA with a teaching certificate and was a loved and respected third grade teacher at Beale Air Force Base, California, for over 20 years. To this day she still has several students who continue to stay in touch with her. Colleen was also a devoted volunteer to many community organziations, including the American Red Cross and local hospitals.

Colleen was the beloved wife of the late Billy Young Pryor for 58 years. She was a dedicated military wife during Billy's 30 years of service in the U.S. Air Force. They enjoyed traveling with their family around the world before eventually retiring in Palm Springs, CA and Las Vegas, NV.

Colleen was preceded in death by her parents and siblings (William Moore, Thomas Moore, Eileen Dwyer and Kathleen Stroebel).

She is the loving mother of four children: Patricia Stephenson (Bruce) of Cincinnati, OH, Kathleen Kelleher (Paul) of Dallas, TX, Jacquelyn Kearney (Robert) of Austin, TX, and John Pryor (Virginia) of Palmdale, CA. Colleen is survived by seven grandchildren: Sean Kelleher (Heather) of Lewisville, TX, Kelli Poppell Perrin (Duane) of Cincinnati, OH; Brad Poppell, of Cincinnati, OH; Lara Kelleher Beck (Ram) of Austin, TX; Kimberly Kearney Perez (Rick) Cedar Park, TX; Karie Kearney Damstrom of Pflugerville, TX; Robert Kearney (Devon) of Mount Juliet, TN; four step-grandchildren: Justin Stephenson (Emily) of Cincinnati, OH; Jacob Stephenson (Ashley) of MT; Jonathan Miller of NY, and David Miller of Palmdale, CA. Great-grandchildren include Meara and Ainsley Kelleher; Michael, Meghan, Matthew and William Perrin; Bradley Poppell; Makena and Ryker Beck; Ava and Christian Perez; Hunter and Haidyn Damstrom. Colleen will be dearly missed by all, including many surviving nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

A Memorial Service celebrating Colleen's life will be held in Milwaukee, WI, beginning with Mass at Holy Angels Church. Burial will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery with her beloved Billy at her side on March 11, 2014, the date of their wedding anniversary.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Colleen Pryor's honor to Ardent Hospice, 700 Parker Square, Suite 105, Flower Mound, TX 75028.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on Dec. 15, 2013
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