Colleen O’Leary, Donald O’Leary

Colleen L. and Donald M. O’Leary

June 24, 1928 - February 20, 2018

Colleen L. O’Leary was born to Miles C. and Lillian C. Lemley on June 24, 1928, and passed on Feb. 20, 2018.

Donald M. O’Leary was born to Joseph and Anne O’Leary in Dee, Ore., on Jan. 3, 1929, and passed on July 15, 2013.

In the 1930s, Colleen’s family moved from Aberdeen, Wash., to Hood River, Ore., where her mother, Lillian, raised five children (Jeanne, Colleen, Jackie, Chuck and Joanne).

Colleen and Don met at Hood River High School and graduated with the Class of 1947.
Don excelled at sports and along with his teammates, brought The Dragons and the entire community together.

Colleen was active in student and community activities. She was a cheerleader, Strawberry Princess, Mt. Hood Legion Climb Princess and member and officer in Rainbow Girls.

She worked at J. C. Penney, and after high school, at Duckwall Brother’s Fruit.

In the fall of 1947, Don went to Notre Dame for his first semester of college and then transferred to the University of Washington, where he played football and graduated with the Class of 1950.

Colleen and Don married in 1948 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Seattle, Wash. Their son, Michael Joseph O’Leary, was born in Seattle on Dec. 23, 1949.

While Don attended university, Colleen stayed home and cared for Michael. She was a devoted and loving mother. In later years, Colleen volunteered at the Swedish Hospital Gift Shop.

Colleen’s nieces and nephews remember her for her sense of style, the twinkle in her eye and her sense of humor.

She had amazing creative abilities that included sewing, painting, upholstery and gardening, and was always a generous hostess.

She inspired everyone with her strong sense of independence and never forgot anyone’s birthday.
Colleen and Don were longtime Seattle residents.

They were preceded in death by their son, Michael, who passed April 3, 2013, due to Alzheimer’s.
They are survived by their granddaughter, Michaela O’Leary. Colleen is survived by sisters Jeanne Rayburn and Jackie Kiemele, and loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

No flowers, please. Memorials may be sent to the Hood River Library.

To honor their wishes, private family graveside services will be held on June 23 in Hood River.


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