Colleen Patricia Studer


Colleen Patricia Studer


Colleen Studer

Colleen Patricia Studer, 55, of Billings, passed away early Dec. 18, 2017, surrounded by her family.

Colleen was born March 16, 1962, the third child to Dean and Constance Studer. She grew up breaking her leg skiing, balancing basketball and cheerleading, and creating memories that would last a lifetime with her family.

Colleen was a jack of many trades. She was daughter, a sister, a mother, a Mimi, a best friend, a rapeller, a white water rafter, and a quilter. She was an avid reader, and has quite possibly read her way through Amazon’s entire library.

Colleen’s greatest accomplishment was most certainly her four children. Whether they were driving to or from home or work, had something important they needed to tell her, needed advice, were bored or simply needed to hear her voice, she was always there to listen, advise or joke with them. Her greatest blessings called her Mimi.

During the fall, Colleen spent her Sundays colorfully cheering on her Seattle Seahawks. After this weekend’s 42- 7 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, they’ll be needing their 12th man, who now has the best seat in the house. GO SEAHAWKS!

Colleen is preceded in death by her parents, both sets of grandparents, and nephew Joseph Walker.
She is survived by her children: daughters Deana (Ken), Shelby and Margaret and son Daniel; grandchildren Everlee, Preslee and Marshall; siblings Kathy (Craig), Chrissy (Mark), Caroline (Matt), Cece, Dean (Lizz) and Cynnie (Mike); as well as 18 nieces and nephews; one great-niece and one and a half great-nephews.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, at Michelotti- Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. Following the interment in Holy Cross cemetery, a reception will be held at the Knights of Columbus on Grand Avenue.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Special Olympics or CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) in her honor.

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18 thoughts on “Colleen Patricia Studer”

  1. We are so deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our cousin, Colleen. We will always remember that beautiful smile and contagious laugh of hers. Colleen and her family will forever be in our thoughts and prayers.

    Clare Ann, Bobby, John and Joe Scherger

  2. Coleene you be so missed by your Family. You have left so much love for your children,siblings & friends. ❤️🙏

  3. Kathy & Family,

    Please accept our sincere condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

    Steve, Tobi, Zane, & Ali Gresback, Riverton, WY

  4. Colleen’s generous spirit shone during her pre service training to become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). We were excited to have her become a part of team, and will miss her contributions to our cause. Thank you for choosing CASA of Yellowstone County to memorialize such a wonderful champion for children, her legacy will live on through the work we do to ensure a safe home for the children in Yellowstone County.

    The CASA of Yellowstone County Team

  5. We are so sorry for the loss of Colleen. She will be missed! Fond memories of Colleen and her family. Love and prayers to her children and all the family.
    Marie and Walter Hudyma and family

  6. I can’t even begin to wrap my head around the fact that you are gone. I’d like to express my sincerest condolences to Deana, Danny, Shelby and Maggie more affectionately known as Magpie and All the Studer family.

    Colleen and I became friends during our college days in Bozeman. We shared a lot of adventures and crazy good times over the years. She was the sister I never had. I was impressed with her warmth, her generosity and confidence, not to mention a wicked sense of humor. I was honored to be a bridesmaid at her wedding. She was the most loving mother to her 4 amazing children. I don’t think I’ve met a more incredible person in my life. The quote below about “what a ride” seems to fit as she was a true example of how to live life to the fullest each and every day!!!

    ❤❤❤❤Love you my friend❤❤❤❤

    Fly with the angels

  7. I am so sorry of your loss! Words just help with the sorrow you all are going through! Although it has been many years since I last saw her ~~We did have a lot of laughs!! You are all in my thoughts and prayers! Maureen Prindle

  8. Deana, Danny, Shelby and Maggie, my deepest condolences to you and your family. Your Mom was a good friend that I met through quilting. We had many fun times together in Red Lodge at your Mom’s house and at the ranch. Even though I have not met all of you, it feels like I know you, through your Mom’s stories. I don’t know a mother that was more devoted to her kids. She loved you all so much and her grandbabies! I will remember your Mom’s kindness and generous spirit and her great love for her children, grandchildren, family and friends. She will be missed by me and so many others.

    God’s blessings to you all
    Laurie Preitauer.

  9. I have many fond memories of working together with Colleen at JTL Group in Billings. She was a fun person to be around and always livened up the work place. To her family…please accept our most sincere condolences on your loss.

  10. Jackie theee irons

    To Cynnie and Dean as well as the rest of the family blessing of peace and healing with the loss of your sister! In our prayers this holiday season and may God bless her children and Grand children.
    Alan Cue and Jackie (Whiteman) Three Irons

  11. Cheryl Lynn Tatum

    There are no words to express how incredibly sad I am for your loss and ours. I can only pray that your family can hold on to the blessing she was and how her spirit lifted so many. I will forever remember how the love in Colleen’s heart just shined through her bright eyes and quick smile. Be comforted in knowing that while she is in God’s hands, she will always be in our hearts.

  12. Colleen was 15 when I first met her. She became the point guard of the JV Lady Rams and I was her coach. Over the years we kept in touch by email and we last saw each other in 2013. Her children were with her and she was going through a difficult time. Still. We hugged a lot and laughed a lot. I loved that girl. For me and for many others, Colleen Studer is simply UNFORGETTABLE. My condolences to her family.

  13. Although I had met Colleen on several bike rides it was quilting that kept us in touch. We had other things in common…Central High, Charlie Gorman. But we always came back around to quilting. I admired her sense of adventure when it came to choosing patterns. So many were challenging and made for someone else. I always enjoyed how she talked of her children. We compared notes at times on children’s antics, their successes, or troubles. Her perspective was thought provoking at times and hilarious at others. She was ready with a hug and throaty laugh. Last time we met was in Red Lodge quilting. We had lots of laughs, cried and hugged tightly. I will miss her . Prayers to Deena, Shelby, Maggie and Danny. She loved you lots.

  14. Velma and Jerry Johnson

    We remember Colleen with all her energy, wonderful laugh and how she always walked on her toes as a youngster. We were certain she would be a ballerina. Our deepest and heart felt sympathy and prayers goes out to her children, her siblings and cousins. Rest in peace, sweetheart!

    Velma and Jerry Johnson

  15. We really lost contact since first year of college. We were almost inseparable in high school. Such a joy she brought into my life. The fun we had. Great memories that I’ve always cherished. May your family be blessed with comfort from your memories and from our Heavenly Father.
    Lori Cognasi Greco

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