Colleen Comer

Colleen Kay Necklason Comer was born on February 16, 1958, in Deadwood, South Dakota, to Jack and Betty (Nussbaum) Necklason. Colleen passed away on November 23, 2012, at Rapid City Regional Hospital from pneumonia.

Colleen attended school in Sundance, Wyoming, graduating from Sundance High School in 1976. She was an active member in 4-H for nine years. Colleen attended the University of Wyoming for 1½ years studying microbiology. She found a career working for an abstract and title Company in Gillette until she was forced to “retire” due to Multiple Sclerosis. Colleen was diagnosed with MS at the age of 29. She remained optimistic despite the debilitating effects of this disease. Colleen was an advocate for disabled citizens. Through her work with the Wyoming Independent Living Rehabilitation she worked tirelessly to raise awareness for people living in wheelchairs. She coordinated various fundraising activities, including her famous “Poker Runs.” Colleen continued her pro-active work after she moved in to the Sundance Long Term Care facility in 2007. She was the voice of the residents bringing issues before the Residents’ Council.

Colleen was married to Dale Comer in 1982. Colleen and Dale were joined by Dale’s two sons – Travis and Toby. Colleen truly enjoyed her time with them and watched them graduate from high school, start their careers and families. Colleen is survived by her mother, Betty; siblings Stephen (Lisë), Tom (Jo Ann), Sally (Dan), and Nancy (Will); her step-sons, Travis and Toby (Katie) and her five grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Jack, grandparents Rueben and Rachel Necklason and Claude and Gladys Nussbaum.

Memorial services were Tuesday, November 27, 2012, at the Old High School Gym in Sundance.

In lieu of flowers memorials have been established to benefit the Crook County Memorial Nursing Home and Wyoming Independent Living Rehabilitation.

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