Colleen Henry Boyer, 69, died Thursday, May 9, 2013, at Close to Home Hospice after a long battle with breast cancer.
She has been cremated and private family services will be at their cabin — a place in Montana she loved to be. Her remains will be scattered there.
She was born Sept. 28, 1943, in Missoula Mont., to Wilfred and Virginia Henry. She grew up in Missoula and graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and the University of Montana in speech pathology and audiology. She was a member of Alpha Phi social sorority. There, she met the love of her life, Edward Boyer.
They were married June 18, 1966. They had two children, James (Jay) Boyer and Michelle (Boyer) Bergman. They were both very active in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. She was instrumental in organizing girl scouts in Fort Madison, Iowa. She was the service unit director and recruited and trained all the leaders. It was a very successful undertaking and is still going strong today.
After a number of years working as a speech pathologist and audiologist, she became an agent for New York Life Insurance Co. She worked as an agent until their move to Gillette. She then took a job as an agent for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming. She did this for many years and then returned as an agent for New York Life.
She was a member of Life Underwriters in both Fort Madison and Gillette. She served one term as secretary-treasurer and two terms as president. After retiring from New York Life, she did substitute teaching for five years. As she loved children, she enjoyed this very much.
She always had a dog and dearly loved all of them. Several of her Brittanys helped her through chemo-therapy. Her last dog, Jazz, was a constant companion and some day, she will meet him again.
She is survived by her husband, Ed; son, James Boyer of Homer, Alaska; daughter, Michelle Bergman of Ferndale, Wash; and four grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her father, mother, and sister, Dawn Gorman.
In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Boyer would appreciate memorial donations made to Susan G. Koman for the Cure; P.O. Box 96216; Washington, DC 20090-6216 or Campbell County Medical Oncology.