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Colleen Petty Dement passed away on Aug 4, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas after a long battle with ALZ.

She grew up in San Antonio, Texas and attended Brackenridge High School Class of 49. She received her B.A. degree from Baylor University in 1951. She graduated from Incarnate Word with a Master's Degree in Education. She taught school in Florida, Wiesbaden Germany and Ft. Sam Houston Elementary School for a total of 36 years. Her hobby was painting Blue Bonnets and Texas Country. She belonged to the Assistance League of San Antonio where she enjoyed all their activities decorating CAPS for children in the hospitals. She is survived by Sam Dement of -68-years, daughter Dorothy Merkelz and husband Art.

Memorials may be made to the ALZ Foundation, Bader House or Assistance League of San Antonio.

The family would like to extend their gratitude for their care at the Bader House and the Opus Hospice Care and Neptune Society.

Services Pending.

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Published in Express-News on Aug. 16, 2020.
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September 22, 2020
I am so sorry to learn of Colleen’s passing. She became a friend when we worked together at the Assistance League of San Antonio painting caps as a project.
I have a galvanized tub in which she painted a hill country scene over 20 years ago which I cherish immensely. Every time I look at it, I think of her.
She was a special lady and will be deeply missed.
Love and prayers go out to her family.
Pat Denny
Pat Denny
August 24, 2020
Dear Sam & Dartie,
We are so sad to hear about Colleen. She was such a beautiful, kind and loving friend. She treated all she meet like family. I hope that your memories will always keep you smiling.
August 19, 2020
Mrs Dement was my first grade teacher. I enjoyed being in her class. Sending love.
deborah smith
August 19, 2020
Sam and Dorothy, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Colleen. I taught first grade with Colleen at Fort Sam Houston Elementary, but my first ever teaching assignment was in Special Education and I was terrified of her. It wasn’t long before I asked to go teach with Colleen in first grade. She took me under her wing and I learned so many things. She was the best mentor I could or would ever have in my teaching career. She even taught me to paint bluebonnets. She was an amazing teacher as well as a dear friend. I will forever cherish my “Colleen Wall” where I have many of her bluebonnet scenes with barns and windmills, a baby blue bird on a wooden spoon, the little red school house, a majestic lone tree surrounded by bluebonnets on an old cutting board and so many other treasures she painted scattered throughout my home. God Speed Colleen, God Speed. I learned so much from you. It was an honor to work with you, but calling you a dear friend was the greatest honor of all. ❤❤❤
Jackie Freeman
August 18, 2020
We are so sad to hear the news about Colleen. She was a special and talented neighbor and friend. We know your exhausting efforts as a caregiver was exceptional. We pray over time you will find peace and comfort in her loss. Your years of hard work for our lake association, Friends of Lake Mc Queeney were greatly appreciated and we miss you as a neighbor and friend.
Warmest regards,
Gary & Barbara Spence
Gary & Barbara Spence
August 16, 2020
Mrs. Dement was my first grade teacher at Ft Sam Houston back in 1963-64. She had always been my inspiration throughout my school years. She was the best teacher any student could ask for and she made us all feel safe and loved. She even invited me to come and stay at her home during the summer after my mother passed away. She will always be in my thoughts and prayers. RIP Mrs. Dement.♥
Brenda (Fischer) Terrian
August 16, 2020
Sam and family, I was so sorry to learn of Colleen's passing. Many years of knowing her all through school and later helping with the Alumni group. Multi talented with her art, she will be remembered with fond memories. I offer my sincere sympathy and hope you will find peace.
Betty Heberer Ludwig
Ms. Betty Ludwig
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