06/13/1946 ~ 08/05/2018
Ephraim, UT-Our loving mom, grandma, sister, and friend, Colleen Hermansen, passed away on August 5, 2018 after a long and courageous battle with many serious health issues. Colleen was born on June 13, 1946 to Carl and Blanche Barentsen. She married Morris Hermansen on July 30, 1965 in the Manti LDS Temple. He preceded her in death in 2013 after 48 years of marriage, and we picture a joyous reunion.
Colleen worked for Snow College for 29 years and will be remembered there for her dedication, hard work, meticulous minutes, and, most of all, her kindness. Faculty members, staff, and student workers could always be found in her office chatting with her because they were drawn to her presence where she lifted their spirits.
Colleen leaves behind a legacy of compassion, selflessness, and quiet generosity. She spent her entire life caring for, listening to, and serving her family, her many friends, and even strangers who were in need. She loved pretty things, butterflies, Christmas lights, newborn babies, autumn leaves, books, traveling, music, game shows, theater, Diet Coke, and, most of all, her children and grandchildren. She was a fabulous cook and baker. Many babies have been wrapped in her cozy crocheted-flannel blankets. While physically able, she never missed a performance, sporting event, or momentous occasion. Colleen was genuine and witty. We will miss the way she made each of us feel like we were amazing, talented, wonderful, and strong.
Colleen is survived by her children Gina Pinckney (Mike), Carl (Jeanie), Erica Hill (Anthony), and Cameron (Rachel). She is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Jacob, Zachary, Kaytlynn (TR), Carly, Mariah, Emily, Madelynn, Tyler, Sarah, Connor, and Tanner, who adored her and were the light of her life. She leaves behind siblings Joan Larsen (Dale) and Jerry Barentsen (DeAnn). Preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brother, Robert. We appreciate the loving care she received from Ashford Assisted Living. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 11 a.m. in the Ephraim LDS Stake Center located at 400 East Center Street. The family will greet friends Friday, August 10 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers, please help someone in need. Online condolence at rasmussenmortuary.com