Colleen Faye (Wood) Oakes
January 29, 2014, 6:00 am by
|Colleen Faye (Wood) Oakes
Colleen Faye (Wood) Oakes
Colleen Faye (Wood) Oakes was born in July 1946 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and passed from this world on Jan. 21, 2014 peacefully in her Kingsland home with her family lovingly by her side.
She grew up in Oklahoma City and attended Southeast High School, where she was a cheerleader, a straight "A” student, a sister, a daughter, and a friend to many. It was there that she met her one true love, Tommy Oakes, and not long after their love began, they started their family and life journey together. They would have celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary on Feb. 15, 2014. They loved to travel, whether it was to Arkansas for a weekend of fishing or to Scotland to enjoy the rolling hills and pubs. The life they shared together was one of true love, adventure, friendship and respect.
Work and life led them on a wonderful journey for many years, finding themselves in New Mexico and then Texas, where they finally settled down on the Llano River in Kingsland. This was the home where she loved to watch the river flow by and the songbirds and squirrels play in their yard. This was the place where her family gathered to share their love with each other, everyone always telling her how peaceful and at ease they felt in the home she had made. One of her lifelong passions was to read, and it was rare to see her without a book nearby. She loved to sit and watch the river while she settled down to a good read.
Colleen worked hard her whole life for her family and retired from CH2M Hill in Sept. 2011 after 30 years, and made many life-long friends there that she treasured dearly.
She is survived by her husband, Tommy Oakes of Kingsland, daughter Teresa Adams and her partner Pam Nelson of Little Elm, Texas, daughter Karen Fair and husband Mackey of Liberty Hill, Texas, her most cherished grandchildren Justin Adams of Estes Park, Colo., Casie Adams of Little Elm, Riley Fair of Liberty Hill, and three great grandchildren, Kiersten, Kelcie, and Karter Adams of Loveland. She is also survived by her sister Pat Barber and husband Joe of Kingwood. Dear to her were siblings, Jim Wood, Pam Swenson, Janice Loria, Brice and Rex Woody, nieces, nephews, and many other cherished family and friends. She is preceded in death by her mother, father, step-mother and nephew.
In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests that donations be made to the Kingsland Public Library, 125 Polk Street, Kingsland, TX. 78639, 325.388.3170. Please include Colleen Oakes Memorial Fund on the memo line of the check. A memorial service is pending.
Cremation arrangements made under the direction of Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Homes, Inc. Kingsland, Texas.
Although I never met Colleen we interacted over the phone many times. She was always pleasant and willing to help. God bless her husband Tommy and family.
January 31, 2014, 2:47pm by Charles Morris