Colleen Mae Bahmuller was born on August 31, 1937 in Yankton, SD to Opal (Pigg) and Ira Champion. She lived with her maternal grandparents near Yankton until age 5 when she came to Mitchell to live with her mother and stepfather. She attended Mitchell schools, graduating in 1955 from Mitchell Senior High.
On May 20, 1956 she married LeeRoy “Lee” Bahmuller at the Congregational UCC church in Mitchell. They lived in Mitchell their entire lives. She began her decorating career at Penney’s where she was the display and advertising manager for fifteen years. In 1971 she became associated with Home Interiors where she was a decorator/displayer until her retirement in 2003.
She was a member of the Congregational UCC church where she was the decorator and held various offices in the Women’s Fellowship. She also belonged to the American Legion Auxiliary and the Degree of Honor.
She is survived by her husband, LeeRoy; one brother, Marvin Champion and wife, Vida, Evansville, IN; one brother-in-law, Alton Bahmuller and wife, Faye, Mitchell, SD; two sisters-in-law, Marie Bahmuller, Bridgewater, SD and Sadie Bahmuller, Springfield, SD and many nieces and nephews.