On Wednesday, May 26, 2021 Colleen Grace McCullough known to her Grandmother as "Jewel" went home on her Father's birthday to be with her Lord and Savior.
Colleen was born in Hoopa Ca. on April 22, 1940 to Everett and Delphine Fountain. She grew up on the Fountain Ranch in Salyer. Her mother contracted tuberculosis along with herself and two brothers. Her baby brother, Bryce, succumbed to the disease. They moved to the Auberry area for treatment at a sanitorium. Colleen and her brother recovered but for the next 8 years her mother remained at the sanitorium. During this time, she was raised by her Father and Grandmother, Georgia Johnson. Then the whole family returned to the Ranch when she was 12. Colleen became an accomplished young woman. She rode, could hit and catch any ball, played the piano, sang, and was an excellent cook and seamstress.
In 1958 she married Mack McCullough and they raised two sons, Macky and Troy and two daughters Nicole' and Penny. She served her family with true devotion and they were her number one priority in life. Home making, entertaining, cooking, and her yard beamed with excellence and demonstrated her work ethic. There was nothing she could not do. Her home was filled with family, friends, and lifetime memories. Colleen served her community at the Willow Creek Bible Church for over 25 years, faithfully teaching Sunday school and directing Choir. Then for the last 30 years she taught adult Sunday school and played the piano at the Willow Creek Assembly of God Church. She played until she could physically play no more.
Colleen returned to school at age 50, graduating in 4 years with a Bachelor of Arts and teaching credentials from HSU. She had a passion and gift for education and teaching. She taught kindergarten through college age students at the KTUSD district and the CR campus in Hoopa. Colleen was a builder, from conception to completion. She dreamed and accomplished many projects. A few of her many accomplishments were rebuilding the Willow Creek Assembly of God Church and building her house on the Ranch. She was a crucial component in building the present CR campus in Hoopa and the Tribal CCC site and programs. Everything she did she gave her all.
A special thanks from the family would like to be given to her granddaughter, Abigail Smith and Emily Junkin for giving Colleen excellent care in her last years. Colleen believed that the greatest legacy she could leave to her family was to teach them to know God, and to not just know about Him but to have a personal relationship with Him.
She is preceded in death by her parents - Everett and Delphine Fountain, her brother – Bryce Fountain, Aunt and Uncle - James and Ida Jean Campbell, Uncle - Frank Johnson, Cousins - Tommy, Jimmy, and Becky Campbell and Great Grandson - Jazz Little Horse Hostler and many other brother and sister-in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She is survived by her beloved Brother - William "Grumpy" Fountain and wife Ruby, along with their five children - Sherry Ward, Pam Nichols, Robert Fountain, Colette Livingston, Jackie Vail, spouses, and families. Mack McCullough, Son Macky McCullough and wife Dena McCullough, grandchildren - Danielle & Travis Carmesin, Cole, Carly Carmesin. Rachelle & Clay Hicks, Bowdy, Carson, Crew Hicks. Janelle & Mickey Jones, Conner, Lucus, Cooper Jones. Son - Troy McCullough, Stefani Clark, grandchildren – Lilian & Art Mastel, Taylor Davaris, Jedidiah McCullough, Elizabeth McCullough, Savanah McCullough, and Olivia McCullough. Daughter, Nicole' Ammon, Erick Ammon, grandchildren - Ericka Hostler, Johnsilver, Coco, Michael Hostler. Sarah Ammon, Bryce, Everett, Gracelyn Gruetzmacher. Israel & Natalie Ammon, Kaiden Horn, Isaiah Ammon (her favorite), Abigail & Grant Smith, Faith, Daisy Smith, Hope Ammon. Daughter, Penny Grant and husband Harvey Grant, grandchildren - Sashelle & Tim Broadbent, Jesse, Brooklyn, Colt Broadbent, Jasmine & Jess Bacon, Mercedes Blankenship, Kingston Bacon, Byron & Amelia McIntosh Jr., Lincoln, Jude McIntosh, Cecily Grant. Her first cousins, Joe LeMieux, Hearldine and Gina Campbell and many more sister in laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Pall bearers - Israel & Isaiah Ammon, Byron McIntosh, Tim Broadbent, Grant Smith, Harvey Grant, Jess Bacon, Jedidiah McCullough, Dan Ward
Services will be held at Hoopa Assembly of God Church officiant, John Armand at 2:00pm on Wednesday June 2nd followed by graveside service officiant, Andy Perry at the Hoopa Tribal Cemetery. Please join the family at The Ranch in Salyer, 200 Fountain Ranch Rd. for Colleen's favorite recipes and fellowship.