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Forkboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:43 AM
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Colleen Howe passes away at 76
Colleen Howe, the wife of "Mr. Hockey," Gordie Howe, passed away Friday at the family's home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., at the age of 76.

Married to the hockey legend for 56 years, Colleen, also known as "Mrs. Hockey," had suffered since 2002 from Pick's Disease, a degenerative neurological disorder that causes severe dementia.

Born on a farm in Sandusky, Ohio, in 1933, Colleen Joffa met Gordie Howe at a Detroit bowling alley in 1950. They were married April 15, 1953, and had four children -- sons Mark, Marty and Murray, and daughter Cathy.

"She was one of the prettiest things I'd ever seen," Howe told the Vancouver Sun in a 2003 story. "Everyone kept telling me that when the right one came along it would hit you right between the eyes. Well, I got hit."

Colleen Howe was far from a typical 1950s stay-at-home mom. She took a proactive role in her husband's career and burgeoning legend. She managed his business interests, in the process becoming the first female sports agent. It was Colleen who put together the deal that allowed Gordie, at age 45 and two seasons after his NHL retirement, to join sons Mark and Marty with the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association.
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:46 AM
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1. Wow! First female sports agent...
...very sad. RIP.
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