Patricia McColley, 1946-2015

Published 9:00 am Sunday, November 29, 2015

Memorial services for Patricia McColley, 69, of Alden will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Greg Ofsdahl will officiate. Interment will be at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Online condolences are welcome at

Patricia McColley

Patricia McColley

Patricia died Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, surrounded by her family while under the care of hospice at Thorne Crest Senior Living Community after a courageous battle with cancer.

Patricia McColley was born March 30, 1946, in Noblesville, Indiana, the daughter of Edwin Earl and Helen Irene (Smith) Whitcomb. She grew up in Sheridan, Indiana, where she graduated from high school. Pat later moved to Iowa where she was closer to her grandparents. In 1975 Pat met her husband, Lowell McColley, and they were married on Dec. 17, 1976. Together they made their home in Marshalltown, Iowa. They enjoyed going camping and to car shows together. Pat had a wonderful personality and was able to make a friendship instantly with anyone she met. She enjoyed fishing, crocheting and going to casinos. Pat worked as a school bus monitor for children with disabilities, making many lasting relationships with the kids. After Pat and Lowell retired in 2011, they moved back to Lowell’s hometown of Alden.

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Blessed be her memory.

Survivors include her husband, Lowell; daughters Desarae McColley and Andrea McColley; siblings June (Richard Moore) Piper and William Hall; nieces and nephews Tina Andrews, John (Shannon) Schimmel, Adam (Tricia Seall) Piper, Scott Hall, Michael McColley and Kelly McColley; mother-in-law, Margaret McColley; and brother-in-law, Lorin McColley Jr.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents; siblings Harry Hall and Peggy Schimmel; and father-in-law, Lorin McColley Sr.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Alden Fire Department or Alden American Legion.