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Colleen Marie Ragans
Colleen Marie Ragans

Colleen Marie Ragans, 86, went to her heavenly home on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017. She was born May 17, 1930, to Lewis Edward and Alice Morris.

In 1970, Colleen and her husband of 57 years, Dewey, purchased Western Auto from Clyde Collins. They owned and operated the business for 40 years. She was a founding member of Seaford Baptist Church. She loved the Lord, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and she loved her church family. After retirement, they spent time with their grandchildren and traveled in their motor home.

Colleen was preceded in death and by her husband of 57 years, Dewey; son, Tommy Ragans; and two brothers, William and Carl.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Baker, and her husband, Grady, of Gloucester; sons, Dewey Milton Ragans Jr., and his wife, Cathy, of Yorktown, and Duane Ragans of Yorktown; and daughter-in-law, Robin Ragans of Yorktown. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Brandon, Dustin, Brittany, Jordan, Steven (Ashley), Matthew, Amanda (Mark), Jerry, Abby (Chris), Taylor, Laci, Amy, Keith (Elisa), Wayne and Grady Jr. (Tammy); great-grandchildren, Bryce, Shelby, Mason, Delilah, Avery, Amanda, Grady III, Sydney, Marlin, Addison, Landon and Tyler; brother, Tommy; and five sisters, Shirley Landrum, Elma Dare Gravely, Elva Lee Wallace, Kitty Mae Gause and Nannie Presson (Billy).

We would like to thank Warwick Forest for the loving care they gave our mother. You are the best, we love you all.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at Seaford Baptist Church. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at Seaford Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to the Seaford Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 207, Seaford, VA 23696.