Proud Parents David and Barbara Bryson welcomed Lorie B. Collier into this world on July 4th, 1957. With a birthday like that, we should have known what a firecracker she was going to be. Her birthday was a day the country went all out, and she loved every second of it. Pack the chairs. Pack the coolers. There was a parade. There were fireworks and there was almost nothing she loved more.
Lorie’s love of camping, hunting, and fishing came from a young age when she would sit beside the lake for hours, listening to her grandmother tell story after story. As the years went on, Lorie still loved going hunting and could spot an elk two canyons over. Camping with her was always a treat and she was proud to that you that she never forgot the marshmallows.
Lorie was a caregiver all her life. From helping raise four of her siblings, to all the nieces, nephews, and friends’ children that she would tend. They all loved Aunt Lo and she lovingly called them her Princes and Princesses.
Lorie managed many eating establishments around Carbon County throughout the years, including Loves, Pizza Hut, Penny’s Diner, and TA. Lorie was an amazing cook and if you were lucky enough to sample her food, you would agree. She always considered becoming a caterer and had catered many events, weddings, birthdays, graduations, and many other types of ceremonies that needed her touch. She was always worried that it was enough or that it might not be just right, when it fact, it was always perfect.
Anyone that knew Lorie knew that family meant the world to her and besides her large biological family, there were many others that called her mom, Grandma or Aunt Lo and she claimed them all proudly. Her latest addition to her family was her son Travis’ motorcycle club, where she was the self-proclaimed club mom.
Lorie never met a stranger; I know she is up there now greeting everyone with a “Well hello young man/lady.” She was loved by so many, including her “Facebook Family” where she was faithful in posting birthday and anniversary wishes to everyone.
Lorie will be greatly missed by her children, Audrey (Eric) Jeans, Tiffany (Bryon) Farquhar, Travis Makinen, and Trent Makinen. Grandchildren; Kaitlynn, Camrin, Caden, Brady (Maria), Austin, Alexis, Christopher, MacKenzie, Dalton, Tristan, Khia, and Rylee. Great Grandchildren; Gracie, Jackson, Braxton, Stevie Lynn, Ezra, and Bella. Her siblings; Annette (Charlie) Shoell, Robin (Walt) Ford, Rick (Diane) Giest, Chip Bryson, Erika Bryson, Dee Bryson, and her trusty side kick Gadget.
Lorie was welcomed on the other side by her daughter Nicole Fluckiger, both parents, and brother Gary Bryson.
Lorie always made sure everyone around her was taken care of before herself and she did not have life insurance. It is because of this that the family is asking in lieu of flowers, donations to be made to the Lorie Collier Memorial fund at Rawlins State Bank or via Venmo @Erika-Bryson. A celebration of life, where we will eat well and share wonderful stories about this lovely lady will be scheduled at a later date.