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Barbara D. Colson

February 17, 1956 — October 18, 2023

Barbara Delphine Colson was born on February 17, 1956, in Detroit, Michigan, to her proud parents Jake and Ella Ruth Little. With the gospel hymn "Walk in the Light" as her comfort and her sister, Patricia, by her side, she peacefully passed away on the early morning of October 18, 2023, at 2:55 AM. She was the youngest of eight siblings, leaving behind a legacy of love, laughter, and resilience. Barbara’s journey through life was a testament to her strength, kindness, and her unwavering love for her family.

In her teenage years, Barbara embraced Christianity, receiving baptism at Messiah Baptist Church, under the leadership of Reverend T. C. Simmons. Later in life, she rekindled her faith and joined Kindred Ministries under the spiritual guidance of Pastor Keith Michael Hill, remaining a cherished member until her passing.

Barbara began her educational journey at Mumford High School, where she made lasting friendships and wonderful memories. After her time at Mumford High School, she transferred to Highland Park High School, where she continued her pursuit of knowledge and growth.

Barbara was married to the late Jerome Colson. Though their union may not have lasted a lifetime, it produced a lifetime of love in the form of her two beloved sons, Kiron and Deandre Colson. Later in life, Barbara welcomed her daughter, Alisha Dates, into the world, completing her family. The bond she shared with her children was unbreakable, and her love for them was unwavering.

Barbara took great pride in her work, embarking on her career journey as a cashier at Farmer Jack. Throughout her life, she continued to excel in various roles, including positions at General Motors, Jackson Maintenance, American Building Maintenance, and Michigan Maintenance. Her dedication and commitment in the workplace left an indelible mark on all those she worked alongside.

Barbara embraced a multitude of joys throughout her life, finding immense satisfaction in various pursuits. She had a deep passion for cooking, an innate talent that brought delight to those who tasted her creations, especially her dressing and fresh fried corn. Barbara also had a flair for fashion, displaying a unique sense of style that set her apart. Additionally, her love for ballroom dancing was a source of endless joy and an expression of her inner rhythm. She especially enjoyed ballroom dancing with her good friend, Donald. Her diverse interests illuminated the many facets of her vibrant and engaging personality.

Though Barbara faced her share of challenges throughout life, she demonstrated a remarkable ability to overcome adversity. She turned her life around through sheer determination and her unwavering spirit, proving that it's never too late to find happiness, peace, and success.

Barbara Colson's departure has left a void in the hearts of those who had the privilege of knowing her. Her memory will forever be cherished, and the legacy of her kindness, resilience, and love will continue to inspire us all. As we say our final goodbyes, let us remember the beautiful soul who touched our lives with her laughter, love, and zest for life. Barbara's spirit will live on in the hearts of her family and friends, reminding us to always embrace life with the same courage and grace that she displayed throughout her journey.

Barbara was greeted at heaven’s gates by her parents, Jake and Ella Ruth Little and brother, Stanley Little Sr. She leaves to celebrate her life and legacy two sons, Kiron Colson. (Susaye), DeAndre Colson, one daughter, Alisha Harris (Antonio); five grandchildren, Kiron Colson II., Kamron Colson, Madison Colson, Antonio Harris III, London Colson and Logan Colson; six brothers and sisters, Sharon Osborne, James Little, Dorothy Higginbotham, Bernard Little, Patricia Beamon (John) and Jacqueline Reese (Elroy); a dear friend, Kenneth McCray and a host of family and friends.

 May she rest in eternal peace

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Service Schedule

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Thursday, November 2, 2023

3:00 - 9:00 pm (Eastern time)

James H. Cole Home For Funerals - NW Chapel

16100 Schaefer Hwy, Detroit, MI 48235

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Funeral Service

Friday, November 3, 2023

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

James H. Cole Home For Funerals - NW Chapel

16100 Schaefer Hwy, Detroit, MI 48235

Family Hour will begin at 12:30pm

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