Rita Colleen (Barber) Dernbach joined the lord on Thursday Feb. 7, 2019.
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Colleen was born in Powell, Wyoming on Jan. 21, 1944 to Robert and Ruth Barber. She graduated from Powell High School and Eastern Montana College (Billings) where she met the love of her life, Stephen Dernbach, in chemistry class. She and Steve were married August 2, 1969 in Lewistown and moved to Whidbey Island, Washington where they had four children together. After raising her children, Colleen taught second grade at Olympic View Elementary in Oak Harbor, Washington for 17 years. After many travels, she and Steve moved back to Billings in 2004 where she was an active parishioner of St. Pius Catholic Church and an avid volunteer in the community.
Colleen was always busy tending to the needs of others. Countless friends and strangers know her love and kindness through her good works and generosity. She would send 6 – 10 cards full of words of encouragement every week to friends and family – it was said that she must have owned shares of Hallmark because she sent out so many.
Colleen is preceded in death by her mother Ruth (Wilder) Barber and her father Robert Barber.
She is survived by her husband Steve Dernbach; her four children, Gary (Annabelle), Brian (Joanna), Heidi, and David; her four grandchildren, Ashley, Chase (Kayla and Beckett), Taylor, and Broady; her sister Karla Gorrell (Don) and her brother Tom Barber (Barbara). In addition, she leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends and family.
A Vigil service is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Smith West Chapel, Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 at St. Pius in Billings.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.