Kerry Marta McCollister


Kerry Marta McCollister, age 36, died at her home in Deerwood on Saturday January 15, 2022, surrounded by her family who loved her. She had battled alcoholism and an eating disorder for years.

She is survived and missed by her parents Howard and Sally McCollister, brother Jess very special niece DeeDra, AKA Deedles, and her surrogate sister Jennifer Peterson. She also leaves behind her adoring cats Bastian and Nox. Kerry will be missed by three uncles, five aunts, fifteen cousins, two nephews, and numerous friends including her “peeps” at CRMC and The Cuyuna Range Alano Club. Kerry was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Born in Virginia MN, Kerry graduated from Crosby-Ironton high school. She attended college in San Diego and returned to live and work in Minneapolis.

Kerry’s smile and laughter lit up a room and the surrounding universe. She had a brilliant mind, quick wit, and memory like

a trap. She never forgot the lyrics to a song, lines from a book, or dialogue from movies or TV shows. You never wanted to watch something with her that she had already seen. Kerry never forgot a friend and was always there for them. She had a heart of gold.

Things Kerry loved in life included family, cats, horses, reading, her time on the lake, the Fourth of July, unmatched socks, the Green Bay Packers, playing Pokemon Go with Deedles, and in her later years, the culinary arts. She was always singing and playing music. Dragonflies were drawn to her.

A Celebration of Kerry’s life will be held on April 10, 2022 at Heartwood in Crosby, MN from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. There will be a sharing of memories at 3:00 PM. All are encouraged to participate. Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

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