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Official Obituary of

Travine Crouch Colet

September 26, 1944 ~ March 6, 2024 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Travine Colet Obituary

Travine Elizabeth Crouch Colet, age 79, passed peacefully from her home in Chapin, SC, surrounded by her family, into her Eternal Home with her Lord Jesus Christ on March 6, 2024.  After suffering greatly from ALS for several years, no doubt her first breath of Heaven’s air was incredibly sweet as she heard the words of the Lord, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”   (Matthew 25:23)

Born September 26, 1944, Travine was the second of five children and spent her childhood years in Columbia, SC, and Macon, GA.  She accepted Christ as her Savior at a young age, and as a young adult developed a deep and lasting friendship with Jesus as she began to truly study the Bible through Precept Bible Studies.  She continued to study and teach God’s word throughout the rest of her life, even authoring her own Bible study about Joy during her golden years.  She was a remarkable woman of prayer, mercy and devotion to her Lord, her family and friends.  

Travine grew up participating in 4H and Home Economics where she developed a love of growing vegetables and cooking food. She was a stellar cook and she loved to tell the story about when she won the 1962 Georgia State Cherry Pie contest.  She was a fantastic cook her entire life and was well known for her chocolatey “Secret Cake.”  She always said the secret was that it had four sticks of butter, two cups of sugar and zero calories. 

Travine was a proud UGA fan (Go Dawgs!)  and would readily tell people that she graduated from the University of Georgia twice: once for her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and again for her Masters Degree in Special Education. As a young woman, Travine was a teacher for adults with disabilities at Gracewood State School and Hospital in Augusta, GA, and for children with disabilities at Kalmia Hill School in Aiken, SC.  

Travine and her best friend and devoted husband of nearly 53 years had a beautiful, love-filled life together. Travine would giggle when Dow Sr. told the story of when he first fell in love with her. ( He saw her singing Double Shot of My Baby’s Love up on stage with the band, The Swingin ' Medallions.)   Dow Sr. and Travine were married on August 22, 1970.   Their Christ-centered marriage was characterized by teamwork, kindness, outreach, dancing and laughter.   Many of their married years were spent working side-by-side in the same State Farm Insurance Office, raising their children, Dow Jr. and Heather and enjoying their heavenly little slice of land in Chapin, SC.  Travine and Dow Sr.  both had a heart for missions and a love for travel which took them to many countries around the world throughout their marriage.   Their retirement years were especially meaningful and they spent their days together doing yard work, playing with their kids and grandkids and taking long romantic walks down the aisles of hardware stores or getting lost on country backroads.   For 30 years and counting Travine and Dow Sr. have hosted youth in their home through Young Life, FCA, Farm Life and other youth groups. Travine always had a heart for youth.   As an adult, she often wrestled with trauma from her childhood, until one day she felt the Lord speak to her heart, “You wouldn’t care if you hadn’t been there.”  That word from God softened her toward young people with the knowledge that you never know what young people are going through and what they have had to endure. 

Travine has always been a woman with many God-given gifts and talents such as accomplished wedding florist, avid bird watcher, eloquent writer, knowledgeable Bible teacher, exquisite cook, creative artist, magazine-worthy home decorator, skilled seamstress, brilliant naturalist, cloud watcher, tree hugger, green-thumbed gardener,  plant whisperer and general knower of all things about nature.  She could identify any bird, plant, insect, snake, tree, or critter in a matter of seconds and taught everyone she knew to slow down, stop and look at God’s incredible creation. She was a life-long learner.   She was a collector of nativities, antiques, pottery, windchimes, farm animals and yard art.  

Travine embraced life itself as readily as she embraced other people. She was playful, witty, adorable and had the sweetest southern drawl.  She made up silly songs, did little dances and invented endearing nicknames for those she loved.  She would drop whatever she was doing to dance with her man when a good song came on - shag dance, slow dance, square dance, silly dance.   She adored music and enjoyed listening to Celtic Thunder, Phil Wikham or even sitting down to the piano to plink out a hymn she remembered from her childhood. She could play a mean game of Missile Command on the Atari.  She was a connoisseur of Little House on the Prairie, The Waltons, Blue Bloods and NCIS.   She was adventurous, brave and had big ideas. She relished a good household remodeling project or landscaping venture.  

 Travine was a fantastic story-teller,  advice giver, listener and friend. She was an attentive and loving wife, a tender and encouraging mother, a fun and adventurous Gma. She loved to go fishing, walk in the woods and eat a meal around the table with her family.  She delighted in her red 1948 Chevy pickup truck, her beautiful property, and her home.  She adored her pets: her dogs Beau and Katie, her cat, John Calvin, her horse Levi and her other farm animals. She was a glamorous lady, but she was most comfortable in her garden gloves, her farm boots, her Georgia Bulldog gear, and her Life is Good T-shirts.  She was happy wandering in mountain towns, little antique shops and through the aisles of the Mast General Store. She savored a good surprise, a good natured practical joke,  giving gifts, and making others feel accepted and special. She was always so excited about holidays, especially birthdays and Christmas. She loved a good cuddly blanket and a pair of fuzzy socks.  She had the gift of hospitality and it fed her soul to cook for people, hug people and warmly welcome folks into her home.   She was a gatherer of people and she took anyone who needed a friend under her wing with such tenderness.  She shared the gospel readily and joined Dow Sr. in praying with everyone from waiters and waitresses in restaurants to her nurses in the hospital. She loved to worship Jesus.   Most notably in her final days, she inspired everyone around her with her beautiful hands raised in worship to the Lord and faithfully folded in prayer for others. 

Travine is survived by her loving, faithful husband Jeffry Dow Colet, Sr.  She is also survived by her treasured children and their spouses, son Dow Colet Jr. & daughter-in-love Sarah; daughter Heather Colet Ratcliff & son-in-love Allen.  She was a doting Gma to her five precious grandchildren:  Aidan, Ethan, Delaney, Audrey, and Charley for whom she prayed daily and regularly reminded, “Do NOT behave.”   Travine is also survived by her dear siblings, sister Pat Saunders, sister Linda Creech, and brother, Travis Crouch.  She was an aunt and a great aunt to many cherished nieces and nephews. Countless young people will fondly remember her as Momma, Grandmomma, and Gma.  She will always be well loved by her family, her huge fan club of teenagers at Farm Life and her many dear friends from Faith Presbyterian Church and Columbia Crossroads Church.  If she knew you, she loved you, cherished you and prayed for you. 

Although Travine has left this earth, she is more alive today than she has ever been and we do not grieve as those who have no hope, but instead eagerly await the day we are reunited in Heaven with the Lord.   (from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

Please join us for a Celebration of Life honoring Travine Elizabeth Crouch Colet at 3:00pm on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Columbia Crossroads Church, 2723 Ashland Road, Columbia SC 29210.  Dress is comfortable, casual and colorful.  Feel free to wear Georgia Bulldog red, your favorite Life is Good T-shirt, clothing with flowers, red pickup trucks, birds or anything that reminds you of Gma and her JOY in the Lord.   Jeans are absolutely welcome.  In other words, leave the suits, ties and high heels at home!  This is a Heavenly Homegoing party for a remarkable woman who would want us to worship her Lord and celebrate along with her with exceeding JOY! 

No flowers, please.  If you would like to make a donation in memory of Travine, please consider one of her favorite charitable organizations:

 East-West Ministries https://give.eastwest.org/give/501464/#!/donation/checkout  

The Jonah Inheritance https://www.thejonahinheritance.org

Kenya Kids Can https://kenyakidscan.org/us/  

The SC ALS Association https://www.als.org/support/states/south-carolina 

Team Gleason Foundation (ALS Funding for Families) https://teamgleason.org/donate/#   

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Celebration of Life
March 23, 2024

3:00 PM
Crossroads Church
2723 Ashland Road
Columbia, SC 29210


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