Kolleen Kaye Otte passed away April 29, 2022. Funeral services will be held Friday May 6, 2022, at 11:30 a.m. at Hillside Christian Church in Blair. Visitation will be held prior to services beginning at 10 a.m. at the church.
Kolleen was born September 7, 1960, in Council Bluffs, Iowa to Ronald and Roma Beebe. She lived in Council Bluffs until the age of 6 when the family moved to Marshalltown, Iowa. She attended grade school and Miller Junior High where she enjoyed synchronized swimming. She was baptized into Christ at Hillside Christian Church, Marshalltown.
Moving to Blair in 1975, she was involved with band, Pom Squad, Pep Squad and FBLA. Graduating Blair High School in 1978 she continued her studies to earn a degree in Fashion Merchandising. Kolleen worked at Minnegasco, Blair Public Schools and ITEX of Omaha as a Trade Director.
Kolleen loved sewing and shared this talent by making and altering dance costumes, designing a line of children’s clothing, as well as wedding attire, and making costumes for porcelain dolls and Santa’s made by her. Many family members enjoyed an oil or watercolor painting as well as calligraphy poems. Before she became disabled, she was a member of the Omaha Art Guild.
She proudly attended her girl’s sporting events, dance, and anything else they were a part of. She enjoyed working with young people in the church, but being a mom and grandmother were her greatest joy. Kolleen was an awesome daughter, sister, and aunt. She and husband Jeff Otte lived in Omaha. They enjoyed traveling, hiking, art, and photography.
Survivors are husband Jeffery Otte, daughter’s Shaurice McKee and friend Jeff Kirlin, Kristina and husband Shayne Sears, mother Roma Beebe, brothers Michael and wife Kim Beebe, Gregory and wife Jamie Beebe, grandchildren Gabriella Leonard, Samantha Leonard, Declan Leonard, Megyn Sears, Mackenzie Wilkinson, William Wilkinson, and Lynkon Wilkinson, Brothers-in-law Gregg & Becky Otte, Brian & Theresa Otte, and sister-in-law Pam Morisch. Several Aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
Predeceased by her father Ronald Beebe, grandparents Earl and Freda Murray, Hart and Opal Beebe.