NEW FLORENCE: Obituary: K. Colleen Nunnelly (Apr. 12, 1948 to Sep. 29, 2011)
October 7, 2011 - 5:15pm — J. Noedel-Publisher
K. Colleen Nunnelly, 63, of Kansas City, passed away September 29, 2011, with family at her side. Colleen was born April 12, 1948, in Schenectady, New York, to H. Davault and Emily Louise Cardwell Nunnelly. She grew up in New Florence, Mo.
Colleen graduated from Montgomery County R-2 High School and the University of Missouri, Phi Beta Kappa. She served two years in the Teachers’ Corps. Colleen was a member of the first class of Antioch Law School, where she graduated with a Doctorate in Jurisprudence in 1975. The Legal Aid Society of Western Missouri employed Colleen until 1984. She was then hired as managing attorney for UAW Legal Services for three offices in the Kansas City area. Colleen retired in May of 2010.
She served on the Board of Directors of Unicorn Theater, volunteered as an instructor for English as a Second Language, and served as Missouri State Chairman for the National Organization of Bankruptcy Attorneys.
Colleen had a deep appreciation for the natural calm of Lovell, Maine, where she owned a small house. She vacationed there almost every summer since being introduced to the town in law school by friends.
She is survived by her mother, her two sisters, Cherie Bledsoe-Sutton and Robin Nunnelly, Robin’s husband Steve Chappell, niece Kama Bledsoe and her husband Michael Owen, nephew, Timothy Davault Chappell, great-niece Isabelle Owen and great-nephew Will Owen.
Memorial Services will be held in New Florence, Mo., at a later date. Memorial contributions are welcomed at:
-Legal Aid of Western Missouri, 1125 Grand Blvd., #1900, Kansas City, Mo., 64106, whose mission, providing legal representation to those unable to afford it, Colleen strongly believed in.
-Colleen’s hometown church, New Florence United Methodist Church, PO Box 15, New Florence, Mo., 63363
-The Greater Lovell Land Trust, which seeks to preserve the beauty and peace Colleen loved so much, PO Box 181, Center Lovell, Maine, 04016.
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