Colleen Wambeke Lawless

May 7, 1953 – Feb. 1, 2024
Colleen Wambeke Lawless passed away peacefully on February 1, 2024, at home following a prolonged illness, with her beloved husband, Ray, sister IlaJean and her baby Tuffi by her side.
She was born May 7, 1953, in Lovell to Henry and Hazel Hopkin Wambeke. Colleen joined her older siblings, Harry, IlaJean and Diane. She later became big sister to Bobbi Jo.
Colleen married Ray Lawless in December of 1988, and they spent many happy years together. They were blessed to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary shortly before her passing. Colleen and Ray had no children of their own but opened their hearts and home to countless pets.They also had many nieces and nephews they loved and cared for as their own.
She lost her mom, Hazel, at a very young age, and in her grief she found a lifelong love of all animals. She found solace in caring for all of God’s creatures and dedicated her life to her loved ones.
Colleen was a generous person who always lent a helping hand and was fiercely loyal to those she loved. She lived a life full of love and adventure. She loved the outdoors, especially the Big Horn Mountains, where she spent countless hours in their peace and splendor while camping, fishing and exploring.
 Colleen was preceded in death by her father, Henry; mother Hazel; brother Harry; and sister Diane Lang.
She is survived by her husband, Ray; sisters IlaJean (Arnold) Jenkins and Bobbi Jo (Shane) Bradford; her baby, Tuffi; and many other family and friends.
Graveside services were held at the Lovell Cemetery on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m.