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Colleen Marie Murphy Gordon
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Birth: Nov. 17, 1954
Melrose Park
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Aug. 28, 2012
Melbourne Beach
Brevard County
Florida, USA

BETTENDORF - Colleen M. Gordon, 57, a resident of Bettendorf, died peacefully Tuesday, August 28, 2012, in Melbourne Beach, Florida, in her sister's home, following a courageous 18-month battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her children and family.
Burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Davenport.
Colleen Marie Murphy was born November 17, 1954, in Melrose Park, Illinois, a daughter of John and Mabel Murphy. She was united in marriage to Dr. James R. Gordon on March 18, 1978, in Westchester, Ill. Dr. Gordon preceded her in death on October 10, 2000.

Colleen was raised in Bellwood and Westchester. She attended Proviso West High School, Hillside, and the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Mrs. Gordon was a Middle School science teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. Colleen had a profound love of God and her Catholic faith. As a teacher, she went out of her way to help every student in any way that she could. She gave tons of her time to show all her students how to achieve their fullest potential. She inspired her students to learn and be the best they could be.

Colleen raised three beautiful children. Her family always came first, she gave so much of herself to her children, and her kids are so lucky to have had her as their mother. She was an outstanding role model: strong, independent, compassionate, and selfless.

Besides spending time with her family and friends, Colleen enjoyed attending concerts and plays, as well as traveling.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children and their spouses, Maureen and Chris D'Angelo, Chicago, Deirdre and Kevin Stolmeier, Coralville, Iowa, and Ian Gordon, Bettendorf, Iowa. Her siblings include her brother, John Murphy, Chicago; sisters and brothers-in-law, Janet and Bogdan Vitas, Jr., and their children, Bob Vitas III, Allie Vitas, Johnny Vitas, Key West, Florida, and Beth and Ken Hamby, and their children, Keith Hamby and Kelly Hamby, Melbourne Beach; and her sister-in-law, Jane Murphy (wife of the late Tim Murphy) and their children, Linda Murphy and Bekah Murphy, Plano, Texas. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mabel, and her brother, Tim Murphy.

Family links: 
  John James Murphy (1922 - 2008)
  Mabel Etta O'Neil Murphy (1924 - 1995)
  James R. Gordon (1953 - 2000)
  Timothy James Murphy (1952 - 1999)*
  Colleen Marie Murphy Gordon (1954 - 2012)
*Calculated relationship
Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery
Scott County
Iowa, USA
Created by: Ken Nagel
Record added: Aug 31, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96308651
Colleen Marie <i>Murphy</i> Gordon
Added by: Ken Nagel
Colleen Marie <i>Murphy</i> Gordon
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Colleen Marie <i>Murphy</i> Gordon
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Colleen, I miss chatting with you. Hugs to the family on the other side!
- dm wms
 Added: Dec. 27, 2014

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