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Colleen Marie Jolly, age 67, of Helena, MT, passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2022. Per her final wishes, she will be laid to rest at Forestvale Cemetery on Wednesday, January 4, 2023 following her funeral service.
In the words of her daughter, Brandi…
We did not have a typical mother daughter relationship. Being human is hard, being a broken human is harder. Colleen was born in Torrance, California. She met my Father, David Holton, in Redondo Beach, CA and they were married when she was the young age of 16 and David was 19. Approximately 2 years later she gave birth to me. Shortly after their marriage dissolved. Colleen was somewhat of a free bird. She moved frequently spending most of her young adult life in California.
She possessed a beautiful smile and a contagious laugh. Her eyes would light up in a way that pierced your heart. Her voice was magical. She would often sing to me “My favorite things” or “Send in the clowns”. She had to survive many hardships from a young age which left her broken and misunderstood. Later in life she traveled to Oregon, Colorado and finally Helena MT. She loved small mountain towns. She often struggled to find peace, I think the calm of the mountains helped. I believe she has finally found that peace. Shortly after I received the news of her passing a beautiful bald eagle visited me in the back yard. It was my sign, my sign that she was free. Free from the pain and heartache that tortured her. I had to love her from afar most of my life. It was often confusing and hard. But I did get plenty of time to see her beauty through her pain. To witness moments of joy, be affected by her infectious smile. I wish you peace Mom.
Colleen is survived by her daughter, Brandi (Holton) Barela and her 3 grandchildren Alexandra (Holton) Hollis, Ashlyn Barela, Jackson Barela; her life partner, Darrel Blou; sisters, Linda Eachart, and Susan; and her brother, Tim Jolly, and her sister, Nancy Jolly.
Death leaves a heartache none can heal. Love leaves memories no one can steal.