Though we only spent small periods of time together, each and every one of them was memorable. Anybody who ever knew Colleen would have been struck by her fun-loving and easy-going nature. She was an outdoors person--a dirty-boots and wet-parka kind of gal--who loved to hike, kayak, and poke around the woods with her big ole dogs.
I especially remember having the opportunity of visiting her at her home near Boston. She took me on tours to the Massachusetts coast and to the maritime museums where I would have never ventured to on my own. She treated me to a tour of the Salem armory, where she was working at the time with the US Parks service. I'll never forget her leaving me completely alone in a huge room full of real Civil war rifles, one of the eeriest experiences of my life. Colleen was the first organic consumer I ever met. She ate twigs and sprouts before eating them was cool.
To really say how special she was...is to say this...Ed's family loved her dearly even though she was a Northerner, a Roman Catholic, and a Democrat!
The world is now going to be a little darker since Colleen has gone on. Yet I know where she is now, is brighter. "All is well." Keep shining dear friend. We love you, and we’ll see you again one day.