Peacefully, on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont., Colleen Elizabeth (nee Heward) passed away at the age of 85.
Colleen was born Feb. 4, 1922 in La Vallee Township, Ont. to the late Collin and Maggie Heward. She was united in marriage to Russell Allan in Emo, Ont., and together they resided on their farm located on Cemetery Road.
After Russell’s passing, Colleen moved to Fort Frances in 1978, then to Emo in 2005, where she had resided since.
She enjoyed bowling, bingo, the casino, watching baseball and hockey, crocheting, and dancing. Her family was the centre of her life.
She will be lovingly remembered by her children, Lois (Alvin) Mann of International Falls, Mn., Gerald (Jane) Allan of Emo, Roger Allan of Devlin, Brian (Nancy) Allan of Devlin, Cheryl (Dan) Bragg of Emo, Lucille (Mel) MacDonald of Devlin, Brenda (Ralph) Boettcher of Emo, and Kay (Bill) Nickel of Fort Frances.
Sadly missed by her grandchildren, Laurie Wepruk, Glen and Dennis Gagnon, Shaun Allan, Lori Farmer, Melanie Sheppard, Paul Allan, Stacy and Travis MacIntyre, Barbara McQuaker, Tracy Grennier, Mike Webb, Lisa McPherson, Jason Webb, Russ Brodie and Neil MacDonald, Jacob and Tera Boettcher, and Bruce and Tracy MacDonald; and step-grandchildren, Jason, Sean, Chelsea and Carrie Bragg, and Troy, Lance, Scott, Rick, Debbie, and Chuck Mann.
Also surviving are her great-grandchildren, Cody Farmer, Cole and Caleb Allan, Kurtis and Nickolas Wepruk, Whitney and Mathew Gagnon, Erika, Victoria and Jaycee Sheppard, Jocelyn and Janelle Allan, Bret, Reece, and Karsyn McQuaker, Kalin Grennier, Declan and Griffin Webb, Nadia, Noah, and Brody McPherson, and Nolan MacDonald, Ryne Glover, and John Glover.
She also is survived by sisters, Gwen (Glen) Westover, Mildred Allan, Edith Marsh, and Lucille Ryckman.
Colleen was predeceased by her husband, Russell; son, Alexander “Sonny” MacDonald; and sisters, Alverne Hoey and Erma Heward.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007 at 2 p.m. from the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont., with Rev. Eileen Bragg officiating.
Interment in Devlin Cemetery in Devlin, Ont.
The pallbearers were Shaun Allan, Paul Allan, Dennis Gagnon, Travis MacIntyre, Michael Webb, Jake Boettcher, Russ MacDonald, and Barb McQuaker.
The honourary pallbearers were all of her grandchildren.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the Guthrie United Church, P.0. Box 186, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.
Online condolences may be left at