Koloa Redburn

Koloa Redburn

Koloa Redburn, 69, of Amarillo, Texas, went to be with her Lord and Savior surrounded by her family on November 13, 2022, in Amarillo. Koloa was born February 27, 1953, to Thomas Nelson Kelly and Bessie Glendene Carter in El Dorado, Kansas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Redburn; her parents, Thomas Nelson Kelly and Bessie Glendene Carter; her sister, Debra Catalano and her nephew, Lonie Basina.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Raymond Redburn, Kaloa Warren and Nolana Redburn; her grandchildren, Yasmin Ortiz, Ramiro Sanchez (23), Christopher Sanchez (22), Ofelia Sanchez (20), Thomas Vanwey (31), Matthew Vanway (27), Sarah Warren (15), Raymond Redburn Jr. (6); six great-grandchildren; five sisters; three brothers and many nieces and nephews.


  1. Stacey Ortiz

    Koloa helped when I was at my lowest she never judge me she welcomed me and my kids in to her home I owe this lady a lot she was an angel on earth now she is a true angel in heaven fly high dear sweet lady. It’s your turn to shine. R.I.P KOLOA SO LOVED CHERISHED YOU will be missed but not forgotten

  2. Barbara Redburn

    Dear family, I always knew her as Karen, quiet and kind and a joy to be around. Always loving and thoughtful of others and you could confide in her and she would always understand and keep it to herself. I never once heard her talk bad about anyone. A sweet lady and friend.
    My condolences to all of you with love and prayers.

  3. Nell

    Koloa is a grandma to me I wrote a poem

    This poem is about my grandma Koloa who was a very kind and loving woman. I’ll never stop thinking about her and will always have her in my heart.

    Sleep Now

    Although I cannot see you,
    I feel your presence near.
    I will hold you close in memory
    Till I drop my very last tear.

    So sleep now with the angels,
    And let your golden heart rest.
    Although our hearts are broken,
    We know GOD took the best.

    So dance beyond those golden gates,
    And join your loving mum.
    I’ll see you when I’m sleeping
    And pray for you to come.

    And although this pain is painful,
    And I really don’t wanna let you go,
    I’ll wait for death to take me, Nan,
    So we can together one day glow.

    Until that day, I’ll close my eyes
    and see your smiling face.
    I’ll lock you up inside me heart
    Until we again embrace.

    So rest now, my beautiful Nana.
    I’ll never forget how much you have done.
    So until my hand meets yours again,
    Sleep now in the sun

  4. Yasmin Ortiz

    My grandma was true one of a kind woman. She always had a good heart and always saw the good and everything! She never judged anyone and always gave people a chance whether they were bad people she still gave everyone a chance. She was always there by my side growing up along with my brothers and sister she never gave up on us not one time. Even in my hardest times when I felt like I wasn’t worthy of her love she still loved me with everything she had. My grandma was truly an angel down here in heaven even though she never saw it I always did. I miss you so much grandma and I hope you gave Grandpa a hug for me when you went home to heaven. Rip grandma may you rest without pain and suffering anymore.

  5. Patricia Ahlheim

    Kaloa Karen is my sister and I miss her very much. She is two years older than me. I know we didn’t talk every day but we kept in touch even though we were miles apart. You was a great sister and friend. Now you made it to heaven and in no more pain. My sister’s dying wish was to see her brothers and sisters one more time before she died.. So we gave her the wish she wanted. Thank goodness for face time. She was able to see them all. We all got to see her and tell her we loved her so much. She also got to see her grand and great grandchildren.. After she seen the great grand babies. She said that she was ready to go home to be with God. And she did with 3 of her grandchildren by her side.. Kaloa Karen I was so glad we made it to get that big hug from you.. You was a great sister,friend,mother, nana,wife, and so much more. You will be truely be missed. We will all see you again one day.. Love you so much.

  6. Judy Najera

    My heart is deeply hurt on hearing of my dearest friend and co worker which we laughed and done pure all at good Sams , even with the passing of James he beloved husband , I’ll never forget him as well . No need for tear my friend you are whole again with you true love by your side! Playing those claw machine that he was so good at. Yet I’ll cherish our memories ! Here’s to you Koloa sore high , I’ll miss you my friend !!

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