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 Verna Colleen <I>Brown</I> Dewey

Verna Colleen Brown Dewey

Blackfoot, Bingham County, Idaho, USA
Death 6 Nov 2012 (aged 73)
Burial Blackfoot, Bingham County, Idaho, USA
Memorial ID 100338952 · View Source
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Verna Colleen Brown Dewey, 73, passed away peacefully at her home in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, after enduring a lingering illness.

Colleen was born September 1, 1939 in Blackfoot, Idaho in a two room home on Pendlebury Lane. She was the second oldest child of four children born to Walter and LaVerna Brown. Colleen lived almost all of her life in Blackfoot.

She graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1957 and then moved to Provo, Utah where she attended and graduated from Hollywood Beauty School. It was there she met her husband, Richard Alan Dewey who was attending BYU. They were married on August 6, 1958 in the Idaho Falls Temple. They recently celebrated their 54th year of marriage.

They made their home in Blackfoot, Idaho where Colleen began her long career as a beautician. Her decision to have her beauty shop in her home enabled her to raise her children while contributing to the family income. She had a loyal clientele that stayed with her for many years.

After 20 plus years, Colleen decided to hang up her comb when she and her husband started Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning of Blackfoot and Pocatello. Colleen and her sister, LaRue, worked the initial years of the business cleaning side-by-side after which she became the company secretary, releasing the bulk of the cleaning to her husband and a small crew.

Being very ambitious, Colleen found another talent in selling homes, becoming one of Blackfoot's most successful realtors. Colleen was a wonderful cook, decorator and seamstress. Family and friends would always comment on how warm and inviting her home was. Upon retirement, they moved from their dream home on the Snake River to a home in Idaho Falls to be closer to their son.

An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Colleen served in many capacities over the years, including Sunday School Coordinator, in the Primary Presidency and most recent as a Ward Emergency Preparedness Specialist with her husband.

Colleen is survived by her loyal and dedicated husband, Richard Dewey, of Idaho Falls; daughter, Clarese (Reed) Stringam, of West Jordan, Utah; son, Steve (Lisa) Dewey, of Idaho Falls; brother, Dean (Linda) Brown, of Texas; sister, LaRue (Elden) John, of Blackfoot; brother, Delbert (Bobbette) Brown, of Blackfoot; six grandsons; four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and LaVerna Brown.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Ave in Blackfoot, Idaho. A viewing will be held on Friday, November 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Hawker Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service. Burial services will be held at Grove City Cemetery.

We would like to thank Cindy, Gary and all the staff of Creekside Home Health and Hospice for their tender care and concern for both Richard and Colleen.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 100338952
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Verna Colleen Brown Dewey (1 Sep 1939–6 Nov 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100338952, citing Grove City Cemetery, Blackfoot, Bingham County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Barb (contributor 46936813) .