Victoria E. Colwell
Victoria E. Colwell

June 13, 1943 - May 29, 2017
Born in Annapolis MD
Resided in St. Clair Shores, MI
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Victoria Zaun Colwell

Victoria Zaun Colwell passed away on a beautiful sunny Memorial Day morning, May 29th, 2017 at her home in St. Clair Shores. She was loved and adored by many friends and family for her beautiful positive spirit. She always saw the good in everything, spreading energy to others through her genuine kindness for all people.

Vicky was born July 16, 1943, at the U.S. Navy Hospital in Annapolis, Md., to the Rev. Dr. Allan Andrew Zaun and Helen Wilma McDonald Zaun. Vicky came to Grosse Pointe Park as a young child when her father became pastor of Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church of Detroit. She attended Trombly Elementary, Pierce Middle and Grosse Pointe High schools before heading to the University of Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education in 1965. While at U of M, she met and married Barry Colwell. They lived in New Jersey for a few years before returning to Grosse Pointe Park in 1974, with her two sons. Ultimately, Vicky moved to Saint Clair Shores in 1992, where she spent her remaining years.

Throughout her many years as a Grosse Pointe resident and lifelong member of JAPC, she remained involved and committed to her community. Early on, she was a substitute teacher and later worked for a local insurance agency. Vicky eventually found her passion as a Realtor, connecting people with homes over a 30 year career at Higbie Maxon Agney in Grosse Pointe Farms. She continued her work part-time, throughout her illness, only stopping recently. Vicky participated on numerous councils, boards, and clubs over many years, including the Grosse Pointe Board of Realtors as president, the National Association of Realtors, her investment club and at the Grosse Pointe Sail Club, where she served as both director and chaplain. She was active at JAPC throughout her life where she served as clerk of session, represented JAPC at Presbytery for a number of years and gave of her time and talent on many other positions in church leadership.

When not working on committees or real estate, Vicky spent her time painting, crafting and singing. She enjoyed boating, serving as crew whenever possible, having spent teenage summers at the Detroit Yacht Club. She traveled the world extensively — Turkey, Israel, Greece, Egypt and all throughout Europe. Most importantly to her, she visited Scotland, as she always felt closely connected to her Scottish heritage.

Vicky maintained a positive outlook, even through her most recent journey, suffering from ALS, complicated by late stage cancer. She sought to bring cheer and faith to everything she did, touching so many lives. Her heroic and positive attitude throughout this last year was an inspiration to those who knew her.

Vicky is survived by her sons, William Bradford and Jonathan Andrew; granddaughters, Gwyneth, Lauren and Emily; niece Jennifer and nephew Christopher; and sisters, Patricia Kane and Andrea Balcerski.

A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24, at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, 8625 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit.

The Colwell family would like to extend its gratitude to Vicky's caregivers, Selena Marhab and Manal "Mary" Ali, for their attentiveness and loving care, allowing Vicky to enjoy her final days in the comfort of her own home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, 8625 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, MI 47214 or the ALS Association at

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Memorial Service
Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church
8625 E. Jefferson
Detroit, MI US 48230
Saturday, June 24, 2017
11:00 AM
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