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Colleen Demick
(February 29, 1932 - July 31, 2012)

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Colleen Marie Demick was born on February 29, 1932 in Salmon Idaho. She was the youngest of four daughters of Mildred and Charles Hinchey. In her passing, she joins her parents and sisters’ Toots Hinchey Gutzman, Helen Hinchey Werner and Arlene Hinchey Parkinson in Heaven. Colleen fought the most gallant battle with cancer for 21 years, never yielding to the disease and never allowing those precious life moments to slip by without her attendance and focus. Colleen grew up in Salmon, attending school there for her elementary through high school years. After graduating, she attended the University of Idaho where she worked for the Head of the PE department while attending classes. She did very well, receiving the Katie Boyer Academic Award for high achievement, serving as the President of the Association of Women, member of the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society and served as Secretary to the Women’s Recreation Association, not to mention being crowned the May Queen before her graduation in 1954. She spent the summer after her graduation working for the Forest Service and the Lemhi County Telephone Company. She left Salmon in the autumn of 1954 to begin her teaching career in Washington. She held various jobs during this time period, but eventually wanted to get back to teaching. In 1961, she reconnected with her high school sweetheart Bill Demick and they were married July 15, 1961. They soon moved to Yakima to begin teaching careers and to start a family where she taught and eventually became Director of Special Education for elementary schools for the entire Yakima School District. There are still testimonials from students and parents of how she changed lives which was profoundly rewarding for her. After retiring Colleen filled her days with various groups and organizations. She enjoyed playing golf, antiquing, participating in the Leslie Louden Guild, traveling and playing bridge with friends as well as volunteering at Memorial Hospital and the Wellness House. When asked what her greatest achievement was, she never hesitated to tell you how blessed she was to be the wife of Bill Demick and the mother of Mark and Rob and how their love was one of her greatest treasures. Colleen also stated that Mark and Rob chose two beautiful women to marry Tara and Tuyet, and she became the mother of two daughters instantly, who then became some of her best friends. She also stated that she was given God’s greatest gifts with four grandchildren: Stasia, Emiley, Gaby and Ryker Demick. She loved the chaos and laughs grandchildren brought to her home. Colleen continually felt she had been blessed with her family and her relatives, including her nieces and nephews who added to her life. In addition to being preceded in death by her immediate family, she also has been preceded by her in-laws – Vasil and Annie Demick who were parents to Bill Demick and some of his twelve other siblings. Colleen’s final moments were extremely peaceful, surrounded by the laughter and play of her grandchildren and the family she cherished. A special thank you to the Memorial Hospice especially, Shelby and Hillary for providing her comfort during her remaining days. And heartfelt thank you to Dr. Vicki Jones, Dr. Silvia Labis and the staff at Northstar Cancer Lodge for their dedication to prolonging Colleen’s life through the years. Memorial contributions can be made in Colleen’s honor to the Northstar Cancer Lodge, Memorial Hospice and Wellness House. Funeral services will be held at Holy Family Parish in Yakima, Washington (A Rosary will be on Monday, August 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm followed by services on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 11:00am) followed by a Gravesite service at Salmon Cemetery in Salmon, Idaho on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 11:00 am with Father Chase Hasenoehrl Conducting. Local arrangements are under the direction of the Jones & Casey Funeral Home.

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