Memorial services former Gillette resident Colleeen Comer will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Old High School Gym in Sundance
Ms. Comer died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at Rapid City Regional Hospital of pneumonia.
Colleen Kay Necklason Comer was born Feb. 16, 1958, in Deadwood, S.D., to Jack and Betty Nussbaum Necklason.
She attended school in Sundance, graduating from Sundance High School in 1976. She was an active member in 4-H for nine years. She attended the University of Wyoming for 1 ½ years studying microbiology.
She was married to Dale Comer in 1982. Colleen and Dale were joined by Dale’s two sons, Travis and Toby. She truly enjoyed her time with them and watched them graduate from high school, start their careers and families.
She found a career working for an abstract and title Company in Gillette until she was forced to “retire” due to multiple sclerosis. She was diagnosed with MS at the age of 29. She remained optimistic despite the debilitating effects of this disease. She was an advocate for disabled citizens. Through her work with the Wyoming Independent Living Rehabilitation, she worked tirelessly to raise awareness for people living in wheelchairs.
She coordinated various fundraising activities, including her famous “Poker Runs.” She continued her pro-active work after she moved in to the Sundance Long Term Care facility in 2007. She was the voice of the residents, bringing issues before the Residents’ Council.
Ms. Comer is survived by her mother, Betty; siblings Stephen, Tom, Sally, and Nancy; her stepsons, Travis and Toby and her five grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jack; and grandparents Rueben and Rachel Necklason and Claude and Gladys Nussbaum.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to benefit the Crook County Memorial Nursing Home and Wyoming Independent Living Rehabilitation.
Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com. Condolences also may be attached to the obituary on the News Record’s website at www.gillettenewsrecord.com.