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Laurie Colburn

August 19, 1959October 31, 2020
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Laurie “Mee Mee” Sue Heffernan Colburn, 61 years old, passed away Saturday, October 31st after battling cancer. She took her last breaths surrounded by her loving husband and daughters. Laurie was born August 19, 1959 in Victoria, Texas. She graduated from Calhoun High School and attended the University of Texas Austin where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education with High Honors, then went on to obtain her Master in Education degree. While attending UT, she met and fell in love with a fellow student, Ryan Colburn. The two married in Austin on March 3, 1984 remaining happily married for 36 years. Growing up, she enjoyed swimming and dance. She was Captain of the Calhoun High School Sandette Drill team. She worked as a Special Education teacher, and department chair, at Reagan High School in Austin. After a move to West Palm Beach, Florida for a new job opportunity for Ryan, she worked at Grove Park Elementary in the Special Education department until she transitioned to the job she was destined for: motherhood. She gave birth to her first daughter, Katelyn Ann Colburn Thompson in 1988. After moving back to Texas to be near family, she gave birth to Leah Elizabeth Colburn Pfiel 1991. She leaves a legacy of servitude, not only with friends and family but with animals. From rescuing stray cats in Austin to her little prince dog, Andy, her heart and love knew no limits. Laurie is survived by her husband, Ryan Colburn of Morgan's Point Resort, Texas; daughter Katelyn Colburn Thompson and husband Sam Thompson, granddaughters Anna Elizabeth Thompson and Claire Catherine Thompson; daughter Leah Colburn Pfiel and husband Shane Pfiel; her dog, Andy and several grand-animals. Laurie was preceded in death by her parents Guy and Sue Heffernan; sister Linda Heffernan; brother Lyle Heffernan. A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Crawford Bowers Funeral Home in Temple, Texas. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to K-9 Angels Rescue 9415 Winsome Lane, Houston, Texas 77063

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Ryan Colburn

November 16, 2020

I think there is very little I can say about Laurie that each of you do not already know. I say that because she was someone who treated everyone.......family, friend, stranger..... the same way. Always with respect, honesty, sincerity and caring. We should all strive to emulate Laurie in those virtues.

That said, there was something that I think was unique to me in our relationship as husband and wife. As we were falling in love in Austin, I found my feelings somewhat confused such that I was unsure if Laurie was "The One". The day before asking her to marry me I drove down to Houston to have dinner with my closest friends who have remained as such since junior high school and are all here today. Although I don't recall the exact conversation, I do recall telling them that I know Laurie is a special person who would be a wonderful mother, but our love feels.......I don't know.........different.

What I was experiencing, but not truly aware of, was that Laurie was showing me the highest level of love one can offer. You see her's was the most mature and purest type of Love often described as "Willing the Good of the Other". Or another way of saying it: "Sacrificial Love". it took many years of observation and sometimes gentle, sometimes not so gentle reminders, for me to really understand what Love truly is.

Ryan Colburn

November 14, 2020

Excerpt from my eulogy:

Over our 36 years of marriage Laurie ALWAYS loved her family, me, our children and their families, her pets, her friends, in this way: "willing the good of the other" or "sacrificial love". Keep in mind, she never saw this way of loving as a sacrifice, but merely loving. Now we would be here all day if I started giving examples of her love, so I will just reiterate: there is very little I can say about Laurie that each of you don't already know.
Her life's footprints are seen in the special warmth and loving natures of Katelyn, Leah, Anna and Claire, the depth of friendships each of you have had with her, the beauty of our 36 years in covenant relationship and the countless others she sacrificed for over the years.

I am praying every day, and know in my heart, that Laurie is counted among the saints in heaven with Our Lord. It was providential that her time in this valley of tears ended on the day before the Solemnity of All Saints which honors all saints known and unknown. I have come to learn that a saint is not limited to those notables recognized by the Church, but is also a person who has passed from this world and through their faith and actions are found by God to be worthy of being in the Beatific Vision. That was Laurie. I take great comfort in believing that when I pray to the Communion of Saints that she is among them, hearing my requests, knowing my needs and interceding for me to Our Lord.

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Algenita Scott Davis

November 14, 2020

To the Colburn Family,
My prayers are with you during these moments. Please know that the wonderful memories you share will remain in your hearts and keep Laurie alive in you forever. Sincerest sympathies, Algenita

Linda Crosson

November 13, 2020

My memories of Laurie are of all of our Christmas dinner gatherings for more than 30 years with “the gang”! We laughed, and ate and shared story after story. One of my favorites is Laurie and Ryan arranging the High school band to come to their home and play Christmas carols for all us! Laurie eyes lit up when she talked about her girls and her grand daughters. I also remember Ryan and Laurie’s wedding day in Austin in an historic home. Such joy all around! You all have been our dear dear friends ever since. My heart is heavy with the passing of Laurie and we will miss her. My prayers for for you all and please know we are here for you if you need anything. With much love, Linda and Doug Crosson.

Keith Severson

November 10, 2020

Ryan, Katelyn and Leah,
I am so so sorry for your loss. Please know that your mom is sitting right next to my mom in the Mother's Hall of Fame. I was always so impressed and inspired by your mother's dedication, love and hard work. She is truly a saint and defines what it means to be a mom.
Great warm, caring and heartfelt hugs to you all.
Celebrate a life well lead and build your lives on the example Laurie set for you and for us all.
Love from California.
You are always in our hearts.
Keith and Carleen

Mary McDonnell

November 9, 2020

Ryan and family,

I am so very sorry to of your loss. . My heart goes out to you as well as my prayer for God’s Blessings for Laurie and for her loved ones.

God Bless and much sympathy,

Mary McDonnell

Rev. Jim Wright

November 9, 2020

I was sad to hear of Laurie's death. She was so close to me and my family. I have know her almost all her life. I confirmed her into the congregation, officiated at her and her daughter's wedding and keep up with her through out her life. God bless her family and all who feel her loss.

Susie Collins

November 8, 2020

I remember Laurie from Calhoun High. I never knew her well, but what I remember is that she was always kind. She had a sincere smile for everyone and she had a way of making you feel included.
I’m so sorry for her family. You will be in my prayers in the weeks ahead. Heaven will be here for all of us before we know it.

Amanda Louden

November 8, 2020

I consider myself lucky to have called Laurie my friend. Laurie had that rare talent of just being herself , she had a wonderful smile, a warm heart, a listening ear and a hug when you needed it. I will miss Laurie’s warmth and honesty she will be so missed. A truly wonderful human being sleep well my friend xxx

Teija Guerry

November 7, 2020

Laurie was brilliant. She knew something about everything and could talk knowledgeably about dogs, baseball, football, politics, medicine, parenting, everything. I loved to listen to her explain things, because her opinion was always well worded and intelligent. But the thing Laurie knew the best was people. Whether they were strangers or friends, Laurie found a way to be engaging and magnetic. People loved her, and so did I. Knowing Laurie meant having someone who truly cared about you. She would ask me about my workouts, my husband, my kids and she listened. She cheered me on when I was struggling and laughed with me when I was happy. She was selfless and beautiful. Our walks around the dog park were highlights of my day because I got to talk to someone so interesting and empathetic. When she moved to Temple, I sent her a picture of one of my dogs, Sasha, who was sitting by the dog park entrance waiting for Laurie to arrive. I guess that’s how I will always feel too: I miss my friend and I’ll always cherish her memory and our time together.

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