Bonnie Colleen Callas

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Bonnie Colleen Callas

August 03, 1938 - February 01, 2019

Bonnie Colleen Callas Bonnie Colleen Callas, 80 formerly of Muskogee, OK went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 1, 2019. Born August 3, 1938 in Commerce, OK, she was the daughter of Geneva Hail Peck and Ralph Peck. Colleen grew up in several places before moving to Enid, OK in 1955. She graduated from Enid High in 1956, and then enrolled in Phillips University. It was in an English class Colleen met Paul Callas. He was smitten with her from the start and they were married February 28, 1958. Colleen and Paul soon began their family with the births of Craig and Annette.
In November 1963 Paul accepted the position of Recreation Therapist at the V.A. Hospital in Muskogee, OK. On January 16 1964, Colleen boarded a Greyhound bus in Enid, OK, with Craig and Annette, with suitcases and Paul's birthday cake for their new home in Muskogee. The young Callas family began regularly attending First Baptist Church in Muskogee. Colleen began assisting in Sunday School and soon became the director of one of the Second Grade classes. She dedicated 40 years to this position. Additionally, Colleen was active in the Women's Missionary Unit.
In 1965, Colleen became the Muskogee Newcomer representative, welcoming new residents to the city with information and small gifts from various local businesses. Later, she became an Avon representative, often with Annette and Craig in tow while making sales deliveries. For many years, Colleen assisted Paul with his Real Estate business, answering calls, showing houses and doing the accounting work.
In 1969, Colleen enrolled in Northeastern State University to complete her college education. She majored in Elementary Education to pursue her love of teaching children. Often she would share what she was learning in class with Craig and Annette, and then talk about what they were learning in school. Colleen received her bachelor's degree in May 1972, becoming the first person in her family to graduate from college.
Colleen began her teaching career at Irving Elementary teaching art to 4th, 5th and 6th grade students. In 1974, she transferred to Cherokee Elementary to teach 2nd grade students, where she remained until May 1977. In 1988 Colleen fabricated a walnut head doll as a table decoration for a women's church luncheon. This was the beginning of craft business, Nettie of Oklahoma Territory, which she marketed through numerous craft shows. She hand crafted 1,500 dolls during a 10 year period.
Colleen's favorite saying was "remember the best, forget the rest". She used it often to help her through difficult times, and she would challenge everyone to practice it daily.
Colleen is preceded in death by her parents; brother Timothy Peck; sister Beverly Tomlinson; husband Paul; daughter Annette. She is survived by her son, Craig; sister Sue (Jack) Callahan, Grove, OK; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and numerous friends.
In lieu of a memorial service, Colleen requested celebrating her life in a way which brings joy and laughter.
Published on March 8, 2019
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Michael McGill
Mar 11, 2019
I was one of the lucky students blessed to be in her class at Irving. The memories from those days always bring me joy.
Sorry for your loss, but this is truly a joyful moment as she has finally made it home.
Flora Elmore
Mar 10, 2019
Dear Craig,

I am so very glad your mother left you with such good memories of serving the world and making it a better place. She definitely passed on that desire to serve onto you. Her motto of "remember the best and forget the rest." is one the world needs to adopt right now.
I promise to do something that makes me laugh and brings me joy, then, before that laughter ends I will call out your mom's name. Thank you for sharing her story with us in this obituary. You are an amazing legacy to her memory.

Blessed Be,
Denise Zator
Mar 09, 2019
My Dearest Craig,
I am so sorry for your loss. I truly hope your Mom is now a star in the celestial angel choir. I also hope you know how much love is always here for you. Prayers for light and peace for you and the family.
Bill Medearis
Mar 09, 2019
Craig... I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing on to the next dimension. It seems as though she lived an accomplished life. My regards to your entire family and your mom's friends during this time, and hope you can keep her wish to find joy in her life. Godspeed, my friend.
Michael Hopper
Mar 08, 2019
My heartfelt sympathy on your loss. May perpetual light shine on her, and may her soul, and the soul of all the faithful departed Rest In Peace