Colleen Lee McGregor – beloved mother, friend, colleague, and teacher – was called home to God on the evening of Thursday, February 20, 2020. The cause of her passing is still unknown at this time. Colleen was born on November 28, 1965 in Fort Meade, Maryland to loving parents Jack Holt McGregor and Patricia McGregor, née Borzilleri. Colleen spent the majority of her years in the Houston area, where she touched countless lives and brought endless joy to those who knew and loved her.
Colleen graduated from Stephen F. Austin University in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Business Law. She worked as a claims representative until shortly after the birth of her daughter, Brenna. She then made the decision to close that chapter of her career in order to devote all of her time and attention to raising her daughter.
In 2000, Colleen decided to pursue a new career as an educator, and was welcomed with open arms to the Lowery Elementary family. Colleen started by working with students across multiple grade levels to ensure their academic growth and success, before eventually becoming a 4th grade teacher. Colleen taught reading, writing, and social studies and was adored by all of her students. She was a passionate reader and writer and poured that love into her students each and every day with engaging lessons and activities that made them excited about learning. Some of Colleen’s favorite books to share with her students were Because of Winn Dixie, Holes, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Two of these titles, Because of Winn Dixie and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, will be donated to the Lowery library in Colleen’s name. The school also held a book drive in her honor. Colleen was completing her 20th year at Lowery and has made a lasting impact on the Longhorn community and the school itself. She will be greatly missed by her colleagues and students alike.
Colleen radiated genuine happiness and positivity everywhere she went, and was known for her sense of humor and infectious laugh. She was loyal and selfless, and always prioritized the well being of others above herself. Colleen was dedicated and passionate in all areas of her life, and always put one hundred percent of herself into everything that she did. As an employee, her sense of professionalism, organization, creativity, and work ethic were unmatched. As a friend and family member, she always knew the perfect way to let someone know how much she cared about them – whether it was a homemade treat or a thoughtful card. Colleen was warm and loving and made anyone who spent time with her feel special and cared for. She had a talent for finding joy in the simple things, such as reading a book, watching a favorite movie or TV show, or enjoying a good meal. Besides reading and writing, Colleen loved to cook and bake, scrapbook, travel, and enjoy the company of her friends and most of all, her daughter Brenna. Colleen was looking forward to her upcoming retirement and dreamed of owning a Corgi and traveling to Ireland. These unfulfilled dreams will live on through her daughter, who plans to honor her mother.
Colleen is survived by her mother, Patricia, three brothers, Michael, Mark, and Matthew, and daughter, Brenna, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, and a niece and nephew.
Colleen’s final resting place will be Prairie Lea Cemetery in Brenham, Texas. Prairie Lea Cemetery is a designated historic Texas cemetery with gravesites dating back to the 1800s. Colleen loved the quiet peacefulness of nature and small town charm found in Brenham, and visited there often with her daughter.
As an expression of sympathy, contributions to Colleen’s memorial service and burial are greatly appreciated and can be made to her daughter, Brenna.
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