Colleen Swanson

The announcement was brief, barely an inch of column in the 1963 Billings Gazette. It invited anyone interested in starting a community theatre to meet at the home of Mrs. Gerald Swanson. Thus began the humble resurrection of the Billings Studio Theatre — the hopeful dream of Colleen Swanson. It is with profound sadness the family informs that Colleen Swanson passed away on Aug. 26, 2014, following a prolonged fight with lung cancer. She was 84 years of age. A community celebration of Colleen’s life will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, at the First Presbyterian Church, 2420 13th St., followed by a reception at Billings Studio Theatre. To honor Colleen’s passion, in lieu of flowers, contributions to the Billings Studio Theatre would help sustain Colleen’s dream.