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Colleen Gratton, 62, of Walhalla, ND, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2017, at Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, ND. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Walhalla Lutheran Church, Walhalla, ND. Visitation will be held Monday, February 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the church.
Colleen Kay (Monson) Gratton was born April 14, 1954, at Bottineau, ND, the oldest of fourteen children of Arlan and Geneveive (Fairweather) Monson. She grew up and attended school at Bottineau. After graduating from high school, she attended Bottineau School of Forestry. During the time, she met the love of her life, Morris Gratton, while working at Wold Engineering. She moved to Walhalla after completing her degree to work at the ABM site, and later became the Activities Director at Pembilier Nursing Center. She then began what would become her lifelong career with Johnson Farms. At the time of her death she had completed over 40 years of dedicated service. Colleen was also a past member of the Walhalla Ambulance Service.
On February 5, 1987, she married Morris Gratton at Langdon, ND. Morris passed away on March 7, 2007. A daughter and son-in-law, Alysia Kay and Kenny Ramos of Mesa, AZ, survive.
Colleen is also survived by her mother, Geneveive; 12 of her sisters and brothers: Pamela (Anthony) Cirulli, Las Vegas, NV; Michael (Lori) Monson, Culbertson, MT; Larry (Patty) Monson, Jeff (Ann) Monson, Scott Monson (Jessica Allard), Tim (Janell) Monson, Doug (Sheila) Monson all of Bottineau; Barb (Ted) Meyer, Pierre, SD; Mark (Missy) Monson, Hutto, TX; Deb (Tom) Wisla, Addison, IL; Susan (Al) Kirchmeier, Phoenix, AZ; Sandy (Rick) Gottbreht, Dunseith, ND; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great nephews. Other survivors include her sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Laurel (Allan) Smith, Mary (Manferd) Mostad, and Dennis (Barbara) Gratton, Walhalla, ND, and their families.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris; father, Arlan; brother, James Monson; niece, Jennifer Monson; and her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Andre and Doranna Gratton.
Monson Family You're in my thoughts & prayers - so very sorry for your loss of Colleen. Peace & love to you all, Nancy
Nancy (Holdaas) Carranza Feb 10 2017 12:00 AM
Saying goodbye reluctantly to your cherished loved one is so difficult. My prayers are with each of you. I am so very sorry for your loss.. Even though I had not met Colleen in person, the reflection of her love & personhood is very reflective in her sister Debbie, who spoke so highly and lovingly of Colleen. Blessings of grace, love and strength to all the family and very close friends.
Kathleen Crow Feb 9 2017 12:00 AM
Sorry for your loss. Colleen was such a kind and caring person. She always had a smile on her face and was eager to visit. Heaven gained a wonderful angel.
Brenda Watson Feb 6 2017 12:00 AM
Alysia, I remember seeing your mother's infectious smile and thinking "Her smile looks exactly like her daughter's." What a gift to be able to carry your mother with you wherever you go. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of her care. It was an honor I will not forget. Jeremiah
Jeremiah Johnson Feb 5 2017 12:00 AM
Colleen was one of the kindest people I have ever known. She always greeted you with a smile, and always had time to visit. May a choir of angels rise up to meet you and take you to paradise.
Brenda LaPorte Feb 4 2017 12:00 AM
sharing our sincere condolences to your family. Colleen was such a caring person and it's heartbreaking to hear the news of your loss. Prayers to you family, God bless you, Rick and Patty Hegvik
Patty Hegvik Feb 3 2017 12:00 AM
I was shocked to see Colleen had passed, then I remembered she told me at Greg's funeral that she had breast cancer. I so glad I got to have a few words with her since it had been quite a few years since we had seen each other. My thoughts and prayers are with all the Monson family.
Shelley Bowers Feb 3 2017 12:00 AM