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Dolores Marie Colomb Osterberg


Last updated 5/14/2020 at 2:29pm

The Spirit of Dolores Marie Colomb Osterberg left her body at Badger Lake and went

to Paradise on May 3, 2020.

She was born at the Deaconess Hospital in Spokane on Sept. 27, 1935, to William Randolph and Bessie Lorraine Jeppesen Colomb. She married Ray Eldon Osterberg on February 24, 1957 at Colfax. She leaves her husband of 63 years, three children, 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, son, Randy Ray and sister, Delma Lorraine Hartman of Spokane. Her three children are, Kim Marie Burnell (Hank) of Zillah, WA, Mark Alex of Kennewick and Kelly Colomb of Cheney.

Her family lived at Dalkana, Wash. when she was born and she started school at Coeur d’ Alene, ill before moving to Prineville, Ore. for the second-grade. Marie graduated from Prineville’s Crook County High School in 1953. She attended a year at Brigham Young University and then graduated from Esther’s School of Beauty in Spokane.

Dolores was working as a beautician in Colfax in 1956 when she met Ray. After their marriage she accompanied him on his Air Force career, living in Montana, Oregon, Germany, Texas, Okinawa (now part of Japan), California and Germany again. Their children, Kim Marie and Randy Ray, were born in Montana; Mark Alex in Oregon; and Kelly Colomb in Texas.

Upon Ray’s Air Force retirement, they settled in Cheney in 1976. She worked at Eastern Washington University in part-time jobs including that of registering students, who very much appreciated her patience and kindness, and as a pleasant and courteous telephone operator. She retired in 1997.

She is a life-time member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served in many positions of leadership. She and Ray served a mission for the Church in Wisconsin from 1997 to 1999. She was also active in scouting, serving as a Cub Scout Den Mother, Boy Scout Blazer Leader and in other positions for many years. She received the District Award of Merit in 1980.

She has enjoyed traveling and has been in all 50 states in the United States and 23 other countries in Europe and Asia, including all of the smaller lesser known countries of Europe. She has visited such exotic cities as Rome, Athens, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, Tokyo and Hong Kong, plus many smaller cities and towns with their famous castles, churches, art collections, traditions, etc.

Always having a desire to live near water she and Ray purchased a small double wide on the shores of Badger Lake south of Cheney in 1999 and moved there in 2000. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2006 and has lived and remains a much beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and friend to many until death took her.

Burial will be at the Dry Creek Cemetery between Troy and Deary, Idaho. Online guestbook at


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