February 24, 2005
(8/31/1936 – 2/8/2005)
Colleen Biby, 68, died February 8, 2005, at the Deaconess Billings Clinic in Billings, MT of cancer.
Colleen Ann Biby was born on August 31, 1936, the daughter of Howard B. and Marie A (Steele) Noble in Wyaconda, MO, where she was raised and educated. She graduated from Gorin High School in 1955 and continued her education at the Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. After switching her major from music to education, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in 1962.
Colleen was an accomplished pianist and performed in many concerts while in Kirksville.
On May 28, 1960, during the time they attended school together, she married Gerald Biby in Fort Madison, IA.
After her college graduation, she began her career teaching in Gorin, MO, eventually moving on to Davenport, IA; Lancaster, CA; Crawfordsville, IA and then in 1971 to Gillette, WY to Northside School. In 1981, Colleen retired from teaching and worked part-time for a local preschool for two years.
In her spare time she gave her granddaughter, Olivia piano lessons. She enjoyed reading, and scrap booking, especially with her grandchildren. She loved flowers, roses being her all time favorite. She enjoyed baking cookies for her grandchildren and making handmade cards, especially Valentine’s, for family and friends.
Colleen was a strong woman, having lived for 18 years with a liver transplant, and was an avid supporter of the organ donation program. Through her own education she inspired her granddaughter to attend college.
She was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and was a lifetime member of the National Education Association.
Colleen is survived by two daughters, Cathy (Jim) Donald of Gillette, WY, and Klancie Biby and partner, Charlie Britton of Moorcroft, WY; two sisters, Joyce (Joe Eddie) Harvey of Memphis, MO, and Judy (Boyd) Bradley of Arbela, MO; two grandchildren, Olivia (Wesley) Spainhower of Glenrock, WY, and Jimmy “J.D.” (Danielle) Donald of Gillette, WY; and four great-grandchildren, Zachary Kahl, Isaiah Donald, Tate Spainhower and Julia Spainhower.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gerald in 2003, and a great-aunt, Gertrude Egbert.
Funeral services were held February 12, 2005 at the Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home Chapel, Gillette, WY, with Pastor Bob Rudichar of the Cornerstone Church of God officiating. Kenna Rose was the soloist and Sue Todd was the pianist. Pallbearers were Jim Donald, J.D. Donald, Wesley Spainhower, Charlie Britton, Joe Eddie Harvey, and Eric Seeman. Interment was in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery, Gillette, WY. Bagpiper was David McElhiney.
A memorial has been established to benefit the Deaconess Billings Clinic Foundation for Cancer Center Research in Billings, MT. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of the Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home, 210 W. 5th St., Gillette, WY 82716 or via the internet at www.stevensonandsons.com.
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