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Joanne E. Colson

Joanne E. Colson

February 27, 2017

Joanne Elaine (Darwin) Colson passed away on Monday, February 27th, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, WI. 

Joanne was born on May 17th, 1946 in Black River Falls, WI to Victor and Eva Darwin.  She grew up in Beloit, WI where she met and married her first love, Richard Champion.  They later divorced.  Joanne worked hard her entire life, doing a variety of jobs including washing dishes at Al’s Big Chief, making pizzas at Dadco Foods, manufacturing wheels at Reynolds and preparing food for the residents at Premier Care.  Joanne married Thomas Colson later in life and they were married until Tom’s death in 2006.  A move to Eau Claire in 2011 allowed Joanne to live out the rest of her life with her daughter and grandchildren.  Joanne loved her family, cats and dogs, Friday night fish frys, The Young and the Restless, goulash, Food Network and a good Brandy Old Fashioned.

Joanne is survived by her daughter Chrystal Mills (Warren Sbragia), grandsons Jacob and Evan Mills, brothers David (Brenda) Darwin and Dennis (Marsha) Elmer, her step-children, and many nieces, nephews and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Larry and sister Beverly, husbands Dick and Tom, step-son Tommy and her beloved dog Petie. 

A time of remembrance will be held on Thursday, March 9th, 2017 from 10 am till noon at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 421 S. Farwell St., Eau Claire, WI.

Thank you to Drs. Halverson, Onuigbo, Zurob and Meierhofer as well as the wonderful nurses and staff at Mayo Clinic Health System.  Thank you Dove Healthcare-West for keeping Mom comfortable and well cared for. Thank you, Jill, for being there when Mom took her last breath and Chaplain Laura for your comforting words.

Visitation

A time of remembrance will be held on Thursday, March 9th, 2017 from 10 am till noon at Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 421 S. Farwell St., Eau Claire, WI.

Service

There will be no formal service.