Colleen Sue Brown Perkins October 11, 1949 – June 1, 201

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Colleen Sue Brown Perkins was born on October 11, 1949 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the daughter of Charles Stuart and Jane Hurst Brown. She passed away on June 1, 2018 in Cedar Hill, Texas, in the loving arms of her daughter and son-in-law. She was 68 years old.

Colleen graduated from Kemmerer (Wyoming) High School and went on to attend LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, Utah; El Camino College in Torrance, California, and Brookhaven College in Farmer’s Branch, Texas. She studied business and design. She married Rickey Lee Perkins in 1971. They divorced in 2001.

She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had served in many callings, including counselor in both the Relief Society and Primary organizations and teacher in Sunday School. She was a gifted artist and loved to paint, draw and create clever crafts. She loved studying the gospel, reading and viewing history stories and all animals, especially cats.

In the family, Colleen was known for her quick wit and her devotion to family members. She had a special bond with her brother Jim, who was just 18 months older. As children they were inseparable. She was challenged with dyslexia. Reading was difficult for her, but she persisted and supplemented her learning with music, books on tape, computer programs and documentary movies. She particularly enjoyed learning about gospel doctrine, history and animals. She was an avid viewer of Jeopardy and usually beat the contestants to the answers. In her later years, she became ill and suffered for 28 years with several debilitating autoimmune diseases but continued her passion for learning even when she became bedridden.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth Hawkins (Brett); her grandchildren, Makayla (fiancé Ethan Anderson) and Parker Grody, all of Cedar Hill; her mother, Jane Hurst Brown, Cheyenne, Wyoming; two brothers, Dr. James Brown (Barbara), University Park, Washington, and Robert Brown (Cynthia), Saratoga Springs, Utah; four sisters, Julia Gibson, Dallas, Texas; Patricia Wilkinson (Dave), Cheyenne, Wyoming; Helen Curry (Tim), Vancouver, Washington, and Virginia Evans (John), Valle Vista, California; her brother-in-law, Paul Christensen, Logan, Utah; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends across the country.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Stuart Brown; her sister, Ann Christensen; two brothers, Charles and Hugh Brown, and her brother-in-law, Dan Gibson.

She had a fond memory of her pets, both living and gone, including Sugar, Candy, Wonder, Bubba, Slick and Sivad, all cats, and August, her dog.

There will be a memorial service on Saturday, June 23, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1017 Big Stone Gap Rd, Duncanville, TX 75137. Her remains will be interred at the Fairview, Wyoming, Cemetery at a later date.

Flowers and other memorials are welcome, or you may donate to your favorite charity in her name.

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