Colleen Bruhy, 1934-2013

Colleen Rose Bruhy passed away the afternoon of April 28, 2013 after a two-year battle with leukemia. She was 79.

She was born January 6, 1934 in Dacono, Colorado to Walter Shaw and Nora Taylor Shaw. Her family which included older sister, Norma, lived in a cabin in the mountains of Yampa, Colorado where her father was a logger. Her family moved to Nebraska when she started school, with her mother as her teacher.

Colleen’s love of music came naturally.  As a teen she started playing the drums and saxophone for her family’s band, the Walt Shaw Orchestra. They played at dances throughout western Nebraska.  While in high school, she played in the marching band, the orchestra and was a drum major, graduating in 1952.

She met her husband, Don DeVol while in high school and they married in 1952, moving to El Centro, California soon after. Colleen went to work as a dental assistant in Brawley. She and Don moved to Santa Ana where they started a family with son, Doug and daughter Kathy.

In 1962 the family moved to Klamath where they owned and operated Panther Creek Lodge with Chuck and Aileen Hupp, surviving the 1964 Flood. They also owned and operated the Woodland Villa in Klamath.

Colleen worked at Daly’s Department Store on 3rd Street for 4 years and worked for several years at BG’s Boutique and Rags & Bags in Brookings. She sold Mary Kay Cosmetics for 30 years.

She married husband, Jim Bruhy in 1975. They loved traveling in their motor home and enjoyed many hobbies together such as square-dancing, play acting with Lighthouse Repertory Theatre, and barbershopping where Colleen led the ladies choral group, the Coastal Classics.

A talented singer, she was asked to sing for many dedications, weddings and special events.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Crescent City, Soroptomist International and a 50-year member of the Emblem Club.

Colleen is survived by her children, Doug DeVol of Henderson, NV and Kathy Cunningham and husband, Ken of Klamath, one grandson, Lance; her companion of 7 years, Bob Brissenden; her sister Norma Dilley of Denver, CO; step-children, Jodi Mason of Olalla, WA, JoAnn Petersen and husband, Richard of Battle Ground, WA, Dean Bruhy and wife, Gayla of Klamath and Scott Bruhy and wife, Kim of Springfield, OR; 16 step-grandchildren, 22 step-great-grandchildren and many good friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, James R. Bruhy, her parents, and her brother-in-law, Clarence Dilley.

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