Coleen Whaley
1928 - 2019
{ "" }
Share Coleen's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share

January 11, 1928 ˜ April 15, 2019

Coleen Whaley passed away in Vancouver, WA on April 15, 2019 at the age of 91, cradled by her large, loving family. She was born on Jan. 11, 1928 in Bismarck, ND to Frank and Nellie McGarry. She was born 11th of 14 children, eight girls and six boys.
Coleen is survived by seven children: Bridget Hoover (Mike), Susan Windgar (Darrell), Lynda Eichelberg (Dean), Mark Pilakowski (Wanda), Rick Pilakowski, Lisa Janke (Curt) and Jill Dayley (Ken); and step-daughter,Michelle Heath (Curt). She was so proud of her big family and loved to tell everyone about her 21 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by two sisters, Nancy Bergman of Vancouver, WA and Colette Donner of Sun City, AZ.
Coleen was preceded in death by her husband, Dave Whaley, in 1993; and her beloved toy poodle, Maggie.
A Mass service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 16th, 2019 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 4701 NW Franklin St., Vancouver, WA.
Please sign her guest book @

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Columbian on May 8, 2019.
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
9 entries
May 17, 2019
Coleen was a wonderful neighbor, enjoyed having tea with her and walks with her and Maggie.
May 16, 2019
Coleen was a truly lovely woman. My love and wishes for a gentle journey through the sadness of her passing to all of the family.
Stephanie Welniak
May 11, 2019
Eternal Friendship Remembrance Bouquet - VASE INCLUDED
Send Flowers and Gifts
Sympathy Gift courtesy of
a loved one
May 9, 2019
Fabulous Four Matriarchs
Two great-grandchildren, Kendra & Keegan Padden, were the thread that intertwined four special matriarchs. Delores McGowan was our vibrant Overlook neighbor; Frances Padden was my sweet mother-in-law and Clarice Barrett was my beloved mother. All three had previously passed away and now we have to say goodbye to the last of the Fabulous Four, Coleen Whaley. Thank you Coleen for being my mother's friend, a person who was always generous with your gracious and kind words, a joy to all and being my 91-year-old friend on Facebook! God's garden must be a beautiful place of light and peace, because he always takes the best.
We will always think of you as we walk Remembrance Road.
Carol Padden
May 8, 2019
My love and condolences to you all. She will remain in my heart forever. She was such an amazing person and touched many. I will miss seeing her posts on FB and I'm thankful I got to reconnect with her here.
Cheryl Pilakowski
May 8, 2019
Love to Aunt Coleen's children and all who knew her. She was a favorite Aunt of mine and I will miss her.
May 8, 2019
Im so sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort strengthen the family during this difficult time. Hosea 13:14
May 7, 2019
Beautiful lady and always had a smile.
Peggy Barney
May 7, 2019
Coleen was a lovely woman who possessed dignity and kindness. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.
Sincere condolences to the family.
Phyllis Nylander-McGarry
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences