Colleen Lorraine Schultz, 33, of Lexington, Kentucky, lived life on her own terms from the time she was born on March 21, 1984, in Boston, Massachusetts, until the angels lifted her back into heaven on July 28, 2017. The ravages of cancer eventually wore down her body, but not her indomitable spirit.

Growing up in Mt. Horeb, Colleen formed many lasting friendships and graduated in 2002 from Mt. Horeb High School. She attended the University of Wisconsin, graduating and earning two degrees in 2007. Colleen loved to travel and experience new adventures, and she lived in many different places and had many different jobs. Her last and most beloved job was at Fresh Thyme in Lexington, Kentucky, where she was the manager of Natural Foods. She considered Lexington to be her home and gained many close friends who lovingly helped her through her illness

People were attracted to Colleen’s warm smile, her loving and giving ways, and her willingness to help whenever needed. One of her missions in life, in her own words, was to “remind people how precious life is.” She had a passion for learning and for reading, and delighted in choosing just the right book for family and friends.

Colleen leaves many people who deeply loved her and will miss her, including her mother and stepfather, Nancy and Jim Malmberg of Merrimac; her father and stepmother, Kevin and Melanie Schultz of Atlanta, Georgia; her “baby” brother, Corey Schultz of Merrimac; half brother, Ryan Schultz; step siblings, “big” sisters, Amy (Scott) Schneider and Jennifer (Kevin) Klingenmeyer, Sarah (John) Schenek; stepbrother John (Heather) Hamon; and many loving aunts (including her special God mother, Aunt Judi), uncles, cousins; nieces, nephews; friends, and her beloved kitty, Artemis.

The family would like to express great gratitude to Drs. Elizabeth Pelkofski, Katrina Nickels, and Marta Hayne, their staff, and the nurses and caretakers at Baptist Health Cancer Center in Lexington for their excellent and loving care of Colleen during her illness.

A celebration of life for Colleen will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at Merrimac Memorial Park. Wear bright colors and bring your favorite Colleen memory.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity in Colleen’s name, especially ones that cared for animals, the environment, and battered women; or do something each day to spread the light and love Colleen brought to the world. Fly free, our precious angel, you were a kindhearted, compassionate presence in this world, and you will be deeply missed by the many lives you touched.