The Daughter of Avalanche Victim Speaks Out - KFBB.com News, Sports and Weather

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

MISSOULA -

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.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Wolf-like animal killed near Denton

    Wolf-like animal killed near Denton

    Thursday, May 24 2018 10:54 AM EDT2018-05-24 14:54:36 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:12 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:12:04 GMT
    Image Courtesy KXLOImage Courtesy KXLO

    DENTON - One family in Denton said they called Fish Wildlife and Parks after they shot what appeared to be a wolf on their ranch.   According to KXLO in Lewistown, game wardens came out to pick the animal up and sent pictures of it to a wolf specialist in Great Falls.  

    DENTON - One family in Denton said they called Fish Wildlife and Parks after they shot what appeared to be a wolf on their ranch.   According to KXLO in Lewistown, game wardens came out to pick the animal up and sent pictures of it to a wolf specialist in Great Falls.  

  • Montana family's Cancun vacation derailed by serious injury

    Montana family's Cancun vacation derailed by serious injury

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 3:14 PM EDT2018-05-22 19:14:37 GMT
    Tuesday, May 22 2018 3:14 PM EDT2018-05-22 19:14:37 GMT

    A family from Malta on vacation in Cancun has had their dream vacation come to a terrible conclusion after a dive off of a dock resulted in a broken spine.

    A family from Malta on vacation in Cancun has had their dream vacation come to a terrible conclusion after a dive off of a dock resulted in a broken spine.

  • Person recovered from Missouri river in Great Falls

    Person recovered from Missouri river in Great Falls

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:10 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:10:32 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 8:12 PM EDT2018-05-27 00:12:51 GMT

    A person was rushed to the hospital after emergency crews responded to reports of a body trapped on a floatation device on the Missouri River in Great Falls.  The call came in around 5 o'clock this Friday afternoon and within minutes multiple emergency agencies responded. Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards said once there, they did recovery a person, started CPR and then transported the person to Benefis. Sheriff Edwards said this a reminder of how quickly things can turn danger...

    A person was rushed to the hospital after emergency crews responded to reports of a body trapped on a floatation device on the Missouri River in Great Falls.  The call came in around 5 o'clock this Friday afternoon and within minutes multiple emergency agencies responded. Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards said once there, they did recovery a person, started CPR and then transported the person to Benefis. Sheriff Edwards said this a reminder of how quickly things can turn danger...

  • NewsMore>>

  • Wolf-like animal killed near Denton

    Wolf-like animal killed near Denton

    Thursday, May 24 2018 10:54 AM EDT2018-05-24 14:54:36 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 7:12 PM EDT2018-05-24 23:12:04 GMT
    Image Courtesy KXLOImage Courtesy KXLO

    DENTON - One family in Denton said they called Fish Wildlife and Parks after they shot what appeared to be a wolf on their ranch.   According to KXLO in Lewistown, game wardens came out to pick the animal up and sent pictures of it to a wolf specialist in Great Falls.  

    DENTON - One family in Denton said they called Fish Wildlife and Parks after they shot what appeared to be a wolf on their ranch.   According to KXLO in Lewistown, game wardens came out to pick the animal up and sent pictures of it to a wolf specialist in Great Falls.  

  • DEET or not to DEET

    DEET or not to DEET

    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:51 AM EDT2018-05-24 13:51:34 GMT
    Thursday, May 24 2018 9:51 AM EDT2018-05-24 13:51:34 GMT
    To DEET or not to DEET… that is the question. You might not think it matters as long as it keeps those pesky mosquitoes away, but you might want to take a closer look at that bug spray bottle before you spray it on you or your kiddo's.  One of the biggest concerns when it comes to bug spray is if the chemical N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, more commonly known as ‘DEET’, is safe to use; especially on children. The good news is that you’re 100% in the clear. ...
    To DEET or not to DEET… that is the question. You might not think it matters as long as it keeps those pesky mosquitoes away, but you might want to take a closer look at that bug spray bottle before you spray it on you or your kiddo's.  One of the biggest concerns when it comes to bug spray is if the chemical N-diethyl-meta-toluamide, more commonly known as ‘DEET’, is safe to use; especially on children. The good news is that you’re 100% in the clear. ...
  • Is social media pressuring Montanans to change their faces?

    Is social media pressuring Montanans to change their faces?

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:02 PM EDT2018-05-23 16:02:12 GMT

    In a time when there's pressure to always look perfect for your next selfie, we found out even Montanans are showing a growing interest in procedures to enhance their face.

    In a time when there's pressure to always look perfect for your next selfie, we found out even Montanans are showing a growing interest in procedures to enhance their face.

  • Tuesday standoff suspect involved in 2014 standoff with GFPD

    Tuesday standoff suspect involved in 2014 standoff with GFPD

    Tuesday, May 22 2018 9:07 PM EDT2018-05-23 01:07:17 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:02 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:02:51 GMT

    The Great Falls Police Department has apprehended a male suspect after he barricaded himself in an apartment building on the 11-hundred block of  7th Avenue South for almost four hours Tuesday. The incident occurred right outside the south entrance of Longfellow Elementary School. Neighbors on the scene told KFBB they witnessed GFPD try to pull over a vehicle, when the man driving jumped out and ran into the apartment complex. Police did tell reporters on scene that this was a ...

    The Great Falls Police Department has apprehended a male suspect after he barricaded himself in an apartment building on the 11-hundred block of  7th Avenue South for almost four hours Tuesday. The incident occurred right outside the south entrance of Longfellow Elementary School. Neighbors on the scene told KFBB they witnessed GFPD try to pull over a vehicle, when the man driving jumped out and ran into the apartment complex. Police did tell reporters on scene that this was a ...

Powered by Frankly
Copyright - All content © 2001 - 2018. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.