Mrs. Colleen (LaHue) Travis entered this world December 7, 1927, the third child of Dewey and Edna (Clouse) LaHue in Yale, Iowa, and left this life March 17, 2017 in Garland, Texas, at the age 89 years, 3 months, 10 days. A celebration of life service were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Hastings Funeral Home, Perry. Those that provided word of comfort were Mr. Bob Tallman and Alex Ehmke and Jennifer Ehmke eulogized Colleen’s life. Casket bearers were Terry Travis, Ben Ehmke, Chris Ehmke, Alex Ehmke, John Ehmke and Ashlee Travis. Congregational hymns were “Precious Lord Take My Hand,” “It Is Well With My Soul” and “My Faith Looks Up To Thee” played on the piano by Elta Summerson. Her burial was at Brethren Cemetery, Panora, Iowa.
She was a graduate of Yale High School and attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she became eligible to teach. At a later date, she completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Colleen was united in marriage to Rev. William J. Travis on August 23, 1953, who preceded her in death on April 22, 2003 after 49 years of marriage. To this union were born three children: Terry Travis of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Randy Travis of Kettering, Ohio, and Jennifer Ehmke of Garland, Texas. Bill and Colleen made their homes in Mitchellville, Iowa, Jacksonville, Fla., Knoxville, Iowa, Indianola, Iowa, and Perry, Iowa, where they spent their retirement.
Colleen was employed as teacher for the Melcher-Dallas School District from 1965 until 1990, when she retired after dedicating 25 years to the community. Teaching was her passion, and she will be well-remembered for her unwavering service and care for the children she taught. While not recognized as an employed position, Colleen spent much of her life as an active, supportive, and endearing wife of a minister, a position she held with determination her entire married life.
Colleen is preceded in death by her husband, William Travis, her parents, Dewey and Edna LaHue, her brother, Pierre LaHue, her sister, Norma McOmber, and her granddaughter, Tricia Alexander.
She is survived by her sister, Shirley Renfrow, of Clive, Iowa, three children, Terry Travis, Randy Travis, and Jennifer Ehmke, twelve grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial has been setup with Alzheimer’s Cure Fund: http://curealz.org/in-memory/colleen-travis.
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