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Katherine Colleen Gorham, age 77, of Palmyra, MO, formerly of Kahoka and Wayland, died Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at the Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Palmyra.
Colleen was born March 17, 1934 at Wyaconda, MO, a daughter of Ola and Margaret Peggy Smith Wright.
She married Robert W. Bob Gorham on October 27, 1967 in Kahoka. He preceded her in death on March 13, 2011.
Survivors include two daughters, Kelli (Mrs. Jon) Brewer of Palmyra, MO and Shauna (Mrs. Tim) Moutray of Philadelphia, MO; four grandchildren: Ryne Brewer of Manchester, MO, Teran Brewer of Palmyra, MO, MaKenna Gorham of Philadelphia, MO and Mason Couch of Wayland, MO; one brother, Jerry (Helen) Wright of Canton, MO; two sisters, Norma (Mrs. Gene) Hustead of Branson, MO and Lotus Norton of Wentzville, MO; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Jack (Mary) Gorham of Keokuk, IA, John (Theresa) Gorham of Fort Madison, IA, Richard Gorham of Keokuk, IA and Wahneta Mohrlang of Cheyenne, WY; as well as many nieces and nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; grandson, Robert Thornton; brothers, Forrest Bud Wright and Phillip Mike Wright and sister, Marjorie Joy.
Colleen graduated from Revere High School in 1953. She was an active and long-time member of the First Baptist Church Church in Wayland and following their move to Palmyra, she and Bob had enjoyed membership and fellowship in Mission Hill Baptist Church. Colleen retired from the Clark Co. Nursing Home in Kahoka and volunteered several years at Mission Hill Academy in Palmyra. For several years she participated in the Relay for Life walk. She was devoted to her church and her grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, November 3, 2011 at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Wayland, MO with Pastor Ken Lewis and Rev. Dan Deatrick officiating. Burial followed in the National Cemetery in Keokuk, IA.
Visitation was held at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka after 5 p.m. Wednesday with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Memorials were requested to the Clark Co. Nursing Home Relay for Life team.
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