Colleen (Gotham) Makela

Colleen (Gotham) Makela, 91, of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., passed away on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.

She was born in Rice Lake, Wis., on June 24, 1928, to Ivy (Grilley) and Gerald “Gay” Gotham. She married Raymond “Ray” Makela on Aug. 5, 1947. Colleen and Ray had two daughters, Ruth and Mary.

Colleen is survived by her daughters, Ruth (Tim Camerer) Makela, of Cameron, Wis., and Mary (Jeff) Holland, of Mendota Heights, Minn.; grandchildren Ivy (Ryan) Draughon, Brent Camerer, Chad (Stephanie) Camerer and Trina Peters Camerer; great-grandchildren Lane, Nolan and Jaci Camerer, and Taylor Draughon; and special friends the Bartholic family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ray; and her sisters, Patricia “Patsy,” Nadine and Gloria.

A memorial service was conducted on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Spirit of Hope Catholic Community, 2035 Charlton Rd., Sunfish Lake, Minn. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Joseph’s Coat or Spirit of Hope. Undesignated memorials will be divided amongst child nutrition programs.

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