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Colleen Ide

A very special person, Colleen Hayes Ide, 56 years old, of Hockessin, DE passed away peacefully on September 6, 2023, surrounded by a loving group of family and friends. Colleen was born in October of 1966, in Wilmington, DE to Georgene and Walter “Hawk” Hayes, Jr. She happily grew up in Claymont, DE. Colleen graduated from Holy Rosary Catholic School, St. Elizabeth’s High School, and Methodist Hospital School of Nursing.

After graduating with a degree in nursing, Colleen worked for decades as an O.R. nurse at both St. Francis Hospital as well as Limestone Medical Center. Colleen’s co-workers were without a doubt her extended family. As a nurse, Colleen’s empathy was authentic. She treated all of her patients as if they were family. Colleen embodied the perfect blend of being able to give soft compassion as well as fierce advocacy.

Colleen found the love of her life, Randy Ide, and married him on March 8, 1997. Throughout the years, she was frequently heard saying, “Isn’t he SO handsome?!” Anyone who was at Colleen & Randy’s wedding knows that it was one fabulous party… in fact, it was so much fun that after the reception ended, she continued celebrating at a local bar, all the while staying in her wedding gown. A few years later, Colleen & Randy welcomed beautiful identical twin daughters, Gillian & Olivia. Colleen was beyond ecstatic when she learned that she was having twins… she spent the first half of her pregnancy in excited disbelief. Colleen always said that the day the twins were born was “the best day of my life!” Gillian and Olivia have fortunately been blessed with their mom’s most admirable traits.

Colleen was truly the life of the party! She always loved a good, hard laugh. She was like this from a young age. This outgoing & big personality didn’t always mesh with school… in one report card, her teacher noted, “Colleen acts like she is doing us a favor by coming to class.”

Colleen’s love of family & friends was just enormous. She simply loved people. She genuinely never met a stranger. Her enthusiasm for life was contagious. And her house was always, always open. Everyone who knew Colleen would agree that she simply had the hugest heart…. if you didn’t have anywhere to go for Christmas dinner, you were going to Colleen’s.

Colleen loved so many things… summers at Dewey Beach, a room full of people, her dog Teddy, listening to Patsy Cline on the kitchen radio, her newly decorated sunroom, laughing until she cried, week-long birthday celebrations, a few glasses of chardonnay, vacations at Lake Winnipesaukee, hosting holiday meals, hanging out at The Starboard, boating on the Delaware Bay, relaxing in the sandbars, reminiscing of funny childhood family stories, and being surrounded by her girlfriends.

She unintentionally taught us all simply to enjoy life.

Colleen is survived by her husband, Randy Ide and their daughters, Gillian and Olivia. She is also survived by her 3 brothers: Walter (Teresa), Kevin (Sue), and Sean (Molly). In addition, she is survived by her cousin and lifelong best friend, Robin Moyer. Colleen truly leaves behind more adoring friends than one can count. She was preceded in death by her parents Walter & Georgene Hayes as well as her favorite aunt and second mom, Eileen Doherty.

Funeral Services

Services for Colleen will be on Saturday September 16, 2023, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 4701 Weldin Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803. A visitation will be held from 10-11am at the church followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11am. Burial will be private.


    Jacqui Harper writes,
    My heart goes out to Randy, Olivia, and Gillian. What a bright shining star she was! Truly one of a kind. Her love for you 3 was enormous. My prayers are for you to feel the comfort and peace only God can provide us in times like these. Love you all so much. Robin, you were her rock, her sister, her very closest friend… hugs and prayers to you at this difficult time.
    09/09/2023 12:07 pm
    Elaine Davis lit a candle and writes,
    What a beautifully written obituary capturing Colleen and her essence perfectly!! Sending love and prayers to Randy, Gillian, and Olivia. Colleen - till we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand. Cheers my friend 🍀
    09/09/2023 02:19 pm
    Diane Messick lit a candle and writes,
    Colleen was the most amazing person I have ever met . I ad the privilege of living with her both in Dewey Beach and on Cleveland Avenue...I remember laughing hysterically all the time. She would come home from work and take a little nap so she could party all night. My condolences to Randy and the girls, she is a bright light shining in each of you.
    09/09/2023 03:54 pm
    John F. Mulhern writes,
    No words what a lovely gal fond memories I just want to say Randy Gillian Olivia and family are in My and All the Mulhern 🙏🍀 it's going to be tough but she would want you to be strong as you can luv from Johnny Mulhern 🙏🍀
    09/09/2023 04:22 pm
    Debbie Flowers writes,
    My deepest condolences to Family & Friends. Many good memories of Colleen~she will be greatly missed. I’m sure her Mother was waiting for her the pearly gates. RIP my Friend
    09/09/2023 04:44 pm
    Matthew & Denise Degli Obizzi writes,
    Our sincere condolences to Randy, Gillian & Olivia, she was a phenomenal person and always lit up the atmosphere no matter where she was, she’ll be dearly missed. She left a great legacy on this earth. Though we haven’t been in contact in recent years, we’ll always remember our times back in the SJB days. RIP Colleen.
    09/10/2023 09:57 am
    Michelle Casson writes,
    Randy, Gillian, and Olivia, I'm so sorry to hear the news of Colleen. She was the most beautiful soul I met, so magnetic. I will continue to pray for strength for all of you during this sad time.
    09/10/2023 08:19 pm
    Lisa Winnington writes,
    I met Colleen at St. John the Beloved. She was truly a beautiful soul. I am so sad to hear of her passing. Prayers and peace to her family.
    09/11/2023 10:25 am
    Livia Talamelli writes,
    Gillian and Olivia, I am thinking of you guys and sending you all my love. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss.
    09/12/2023 06:46 am
    JoAnn Sheehan writes,
    I am very sad to hear of Colleen’s passing and I send my deepest condolences. I haven’t seen Colleen in over thirty years, but reading all about her reminds me of the amazing and full of life girl I knew at St. E’s!! She was a friend and I loved her smile and her love of everything !! I know you will cherish all those wonderful memories you have. My prayers are with you all.
    09/12/2023 07:57 pm

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