1934 - 2021
Super wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother aunt and sister passed away on January 26th after a year long battle with dementia. She was born in Seattle to Marvin and Ellen Patridge.

Colleen was a 1952 graduate of Franklin High School. Following graduation she worked for the telephone company as an operator. After only a few months there she joined the U.S. Navy on October 14, 1952, Her basic training was in Bainbridge, MD and then to naval aviation school in Jacksonville, FL, followed by meteorology school in Lakehurst NJ.

She was then sent to the naval air station in Corondo, CA where she met her future husband Dick Huselton. After about a year while working in the same office they began to date. They were married on October 22, 1955. She was discharged from the Navy on December 8, 1955 and entered Western Washington College, in March 1956 where she graduated with a BA in ED in 1960.

Colleen taught for 10 years and then decided to work for Boeing as a Planner until she retired in 1992.

She loved to read and enjoyed live theater and opera. She also enjoyed playing cards and social gatherings. After retirement she and Dick spent 12 years in their motor home traveling around most of the western U.S., as well as Canada and Mexico.

Colleen spent many years in Marysville. After retirement she and Dick moved to Mount Vernon where they happily completed over 65 years of marriage last October.

Colleen is survived by her husband Dick, son Richard (Susan) and daughter Ellen (Gerry). Sister Carol Hooks (Tony), sisters-in-law Netta Patridge and Lorrene Huselton, Brother-in-law Wayne Huselton (Julie). Grandchildren Keegan (Maddie), Kendal, Dan (Haley), Kelsey (John). Great granddaughters Zelda and Cora. Nieces Delrene (Patrick), Kim (Dennis), Selena (Travis) Becky, Janice, Dolores (Garry) Philippa, Serena (Darren), Lauri. Nephews Paul, Gunner (Lisa), Dale (Tarah), Anthony (Mona), Michael (Dawn).

The family would like to thank the doctors at Skagit Regional Clinic. The caregivers at Ashley Gardens, Hospice of the Northwest and the Social Club at Park Village.

A memorial service will be held at a later date for her internment into Tahoma National Cemetery.
Published by Skagit Valley Herald from Feb. 3 to Feb. 4, 2021.
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Best Grandma in the world. You loved all of us equally. She taught us so much. And I think about you every single day
Kelsey Huselton
May 9, 2021
Dear Dick, Our family was sorry to hear of your loss. We will always appreciate our memories of Marysville. Bill is also interred at Tahoma National Cemetery.
-Bill Lovelands family
Myrna Loveland
February 11, 2021
My dear friend Ellen, I just want to give my deepest condolences to you and your family. I pray for healing of your hearts, I too lost my mom in 2020 and know all to well the emptiness. but time does heal. I am glad that I did get to meet her and the wonderful hospitality that she showed me when I got to spend the night. Love you and your family so much.
Rose Iukes
February 8, 2021
A lovely woman to have in your presence, always smiling and laughed easily. She had so many interests that I had the pleasure of listening about.
Maureen mitchell
February 8, 2021
Dick, I was saddened to see your beautiful Colleen's passing and I pray for peace and wisdom for you and your family in this most difficult time. It is so good that we have memories of happy times. I like the saying, "Times, people, emotions change, not so memories, they stay as perfect as we lay them away." Marie Nelson
Marie Nelson
February 8, 2021
We have so many fun memories of Aunt Colleen, lot's of time spent together when we kids, all of us cousins. We were blessed to have her with us. Love you all!
Delrene Buckley
February 7, 2021
Colleen was one of the last true ladies of her generation. She was so friendly and welcoming and always had a smile on her face. Rest In Peace, Colleen.......
February 7, 2021
I’m so sorry about Colleen’s passing. She was a wonderful woman! I am thinking of Dick and his family during this difficult time! He reached out to me when I lost my husband and I will always be grateful for that! I loved working with Dick and getting to know his family. Colleen is now at peace in heaven! ❤
Darlene Jack
February 7, 2021
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