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.