Colleen Shumway, 64, died April 29, 2020, of complications from COPD at her home in Billings.
She was born in Wolf Point on Jan. 12, 1956. She was the second child of four born to Jack and Barb Shumway. She was raised on the family farm northwest of Wolf Point. She and her siblings helped with the farm work but enjoyed playing and riding horseback over the hills and prairies. Their only rule was to be in the yard by dark.
A few months after graduating from Wolf Point High School, she moved to Billings. After trying different jobs, she moved back to Wolf Point. She worked for Roosevelt County in the land department and then for Roger Wimmer at Roosevelt County Abstract. From there, she had the opportunity to become a petroleum landman. Monte Sandvick and Dave Mork were her mentors and became lifelong friends. She searched hundreds of titles in eastern Montana and western North Dakota. After Colleen's daughter, Callan, was born they both made those trips to various court houses all over the area. Everyone in those areas was well acquainted with Callan and her favorite doll, Betsy. The life on the road led her to meet Bruce Chappell.
At every opportunity, she went home to the farm to ride horseback. She loved riding and helping her dad gather cattle. She never missed Christmas, branding or Stampede. After Callan was born, she brought her to all of these occasions so that she would get to experience them.
In 1986, she moved to Billings and remained there until her death.
She maintained many lifelong friendships around Wolf Point, but also with the many people she met along the way. She never met a stranger. She was kind, giving and truly loved people.
She is survived by daughter, Callan Nagy; one grandson; mother, Barb Shumway; brother, Mark Shumway; and sisters, Cheryl Pearson and Dawn Shumway.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Shumway, and her love, Bruce Chappell.