Colleen Frank
1950 - 2019
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1950 ˜ 2019

Colleen Ann Wilkey Frank, 69, passed away on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, surrounded by her family, at her home in Vancouver, Washington due to complications of congestive heart failure. She was born in Pendleton, Oregon, February 4, 1950, to Roy Jay and Lillian Lois (Calvert) Wilkey. She grew up in Umatilla, Oregon where her father worked for the Corps of Engineers at McNary Dam. She graduated from Umatilla High School in 1968.
In 1969 Colleen met D. Michael Frank in Portland, Oregon, near Portland State University, where they were taking computer courses together. In July 1970 they were married in Walla Walla, Washington. She was a devoted wife, a mother to two great daughters, and grandmother to four grown grandsons. She enjoyed family gatherings and traveling with her husband, visiting Europe, the Caribbean, and Maui, her favorite destination. She loved our Bulldog and Basset Hounds. She was the genealogist of her side of the family and spent much time compiling family information and visiting towns related to her families.
Despite her medical conditions, she lived her life to the fullest, on her terms, slowing down only recently.
Colleen is survived by her husband, D. Michael Frank; daughters, Angela (James) Klein and Lisa Sevier; and four grandsons, Kyle Sevier, Brenden Sevier, Hunter Klein and Pierce Klein.
A celebration of her life is being planned. There are no details as yet available. There will be no formal services. Her ashes and those of her parents will be scattered by family the summer of 2020.
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Published in The Columbian on Sep. 29, 2019.
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October 7, 2019
Colleen,I know you are still keeping watch over your beautiful family.You were my friend for 21 years.I will miss our movie days and over the fence talks.Our trips to Lincoln City,and your kindness when I had to go To Salmon Creek.You were the kind of wife ,mother ,grandmother and friend everyone should have .I miss you and love you my dear friend
Sharon Colson
October 6, 2019
You have always been such a support in my life and I am so very lucky to have been your daughter. I miss you more than you can possibly know. I like to believe that you are still here watching over us and making sure that we are working on finding happiness. I want to thank you for always being there, for loving me, my husband, and my boys. You are so very missed and I love you to the moon and beyond the stars-always! ❤❤❤
Angela Klein
October 2, 2019
Our beautiful friend, Colleen, will be forever missed by her Aussie friends, Lyndy and Ken. We treasure the friendship we developed over many years and our happy memories will never fade. So many great times spent together during our visits to your welcoming home where you shared your special family with us. We know you will live on through them and that is a blessing for us. We will search for your star - it will be the brightest. ❤
Lyndy and Ken Dean
October 1, 2019
My wife. My best friend. My life.

I am glad I had the time to tell you
over and over how much you meant to me.
How my heart would break when you left.
You confirmed your love, knowing
that death wouldn't mean the end
of what we had together.

You regretted not being able to see your
grandsons get married and have children
of their own. You knew their lives were
full of potential and that they were
fortunate to have been raised to be good
and decent human beings.

As you said to me on Father's day:
"It has been a great journey".
A wonderful journey which I
would have taken with no other.


One of my recent and favorite poems:

"God saw you were getting tired
and a cure was not to be,
So he put his arms around you
and whispered, "Come with Me."

With tearful eyes, we watched you suffer
and saw you fade away
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He always takes the best."

Until we meet again...
Michael Frank
October 1, 2019
May Colleen's beautiful light continue to shine brightly through each of you my dear cousin Dana, your beautiful daughters Angela & Lesa, and their sons Kyle, Brenden, Hunter and Pierce ❤ We love you all and wish for each day to be a little easier than the last.
Julie & Gary Loiacono
September 30, 2019
Forever the greatest "Aunt" I could have, so warm, loving, gracious and beautiful inside and out. Our hearts are heavy for your loss and for your wonderful husband, children and grandchildren. I feel so blessed you are family! You will be greatly missed.
September 30, 2019
As my mother was a Frank, Colleen married my first cousin, Dana Michael Frank, and will they and their family are close family friends forever! Colleen you are dearly missed indeed!
Jim Davison
September 30, 2019
Colleen was blessed with the most wonderful family I have ever met, and that was a reflection of her soul. She will be dearly missed by all her family and extended family. With love, Dorothy, Adriana, & Jeanette
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