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Daughter of Avalanche Victim Still in Shock

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MISSOULA -

It's been six days since an urban avalanche swept down a ravine on Mt. Jumbo, destroying homes, and eventually taking the life of Missoula resident, Michel Colville.

The avalanche swept Michel Colville and Fred Allendorf's house off its foundation, severely injuring both residents.

Charis Patterson, Colville's daughter, said she and her family are still in shock.

"This is just something… in all my pictures in my head… that I never could have thought of."

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

"I doubt I'm even to a recovery process yet, frankly, it's been just what you would think, I mean truly, there's not really a way to describe it," she said.

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 Sunday.

"I think really, we're all still in shock," Patterson said.

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

She said, "I was… so close to her… and my little girls, who are 4 and 7, were just… they just loved her."

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

"We've definitely been inundating our dad, obviously, with our company whether he likes it or not."

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

"But, it seems like the doctors are saying that they expect him to make a relatively full, physical recovery."

His mental and emotional recovery, however, will take much more time, Patterson said. She said the volunteer effort to recover her parents' belongings from the wreckage has provided comfort and hope to her family.

"And we've been able to see what's going on in the community and the amazing support from people, a lot of times, people we don't even know."

Patterson said her parents had lived in the house off Holly Street since 1990.

Patterson said she and her family plan to have a celebration of Colville's life this spring or summer. She said Allendorf will be released from the hospital within the next few weeks.

If you would life to make a donation to the Allendorf Family Benefit Fund, call the Missoula Federal Credit Union at 523-3300.

To donate to the family of Phoenix Scoles, who also survived the avalanche, click here.

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