Kerry Lee McCollum
May 15, 1956 – Nov 11, 2015
Kerry Keaton McCollum, our Sugar, our Momma, our Nummy, our beloved daughter, sister, aunt, grandma, and friend, who, like her favorite James Taylor song, “showered the people she loved with love,” passed away from complications of pneumonia on November 11, 2015 at the age of 59. Kerry’s spirit is carried on through her parents, five siblings, son, grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews, and extended family and friends from all walks of life.
Kerry Lee Keaton was born in Upland, CA on May 15, 1956, the fifth of six children, and the older twin of Terry. Kerry grew up in Riverside, CA, graduating from RamonaHigh School in 1974. Kerry lived and worked for many years in the Riverside area, where she formed many of the friendships that continued throughout her life. Kerry and her first husband lived for short time in Germany, where her son was born. Upon her return to Riverside, Kerry earned a certificate in Cosmetology from RiversideCityCollege. In addition to styling hair, where her favorite customers were her grandfather, dad, and her mother’s friends, Kerry worked in customer service, including more than 20 years with Southwest Airlines, where she touched the lives of those she worked with and for with her smile, humor, and warmth. She had a great capacity for love and anyone who knew her loved her company.
Kerry married the love of her life, Mark, in 1987. The pair shared a sweet, beautiful love and friendship, and always referred to each other “Baby Doll” and “Sugar.” Kerry and Mark relocated to Seattle in 2009 with Kerry’s job at Southwest, so she could be closer to her son’s family and her twin’s family. Almost immediately, Kerry became a devoted “12th Man” of the Seattle Seahawks, showering friends and family with hats, scarves, and gear for Blue Fridays and game days. She also loved country music and enjoyed attending concerts where she could dance and sing her heart out.
Diagnosed with brain cancer in September, Kerry endured and emerged from two brain surgeries with bravery and spunk. Kerry had a way of walking into your life and never leaving, and her family and friends came together to support her and each other with news of her diagnosis. Her family was with her when she passed, there with the love and music that spoke to who she was.
Kerry is survived by her husband and partner of 34 years Mark McCollum; son Jason “Jake” Porter; grandchildren Ireland and Jackson; parents Robert and Cathryn Keaton; siblings and siblings-in-law Mary Evelyn and Tom O’Brien; Rob and Judy Keaton; Vick and Jan Keaton; Katie and John Theodos; and Terry and Craig McCollum; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, friends, and her brown lab, Chase, in whose hearts she is cherished. Her family is thankful for her many friends from Southern California to Seattle.
There will be a Celebration of Life on December 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm in Apple Valley, CA. The celebration will be held at a private residence, 15617 Mondamon Rd., Apple Valley, CA. Friends and family, please join us as we honor and remember our Kerry, who filled our lives and hearts in big ways (and wear blue - it’s a Friday, after all). In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Autism Speaks, a charity close to Kerry’s heart.
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