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The Daughter of the Women Who Died in the Missoula Avalanche Speaks Out

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Charis Patterson says it's human nature to worry about losing loved ones, but the death of her mother is still difficult to comprehend.

Colville, age 68, was the third and last victim to be pulled from the avalanche debris on Friday night. She died of her injuries at St. Patrick Hospital on this Sunday.

Patterson says her mom was an outgoing woman who had a passion for the arts. Her mom also explored the world before she left it, and even lived in Australia last year with Allendorf.

She and her three siblings, all Missoula natives, have spent the past week at the hospital with Allendorf, Patterson's stepfather.

Allendorf was pulled from the wreckage before Colville and continues to recover from multiple, severe injuries including: 17 broken ribs, a sternum fracture, a foot fracture and three vertebral fractures in his lumbar region.

Doctors believe he is on the way to recovery, but Patterson says his mental and emotional health will take much longer to heal.

She says the volunteer effort to recover her parents' belongings from the wreckage has provided comfort and hope to her family.

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