Colleen Ann Tavares

Colleen Ann Tavares

June 22, 1974 - February 27, 2023

Colleen Ann Tavares

June 22, 1974 - February 27, 2023


Colleen Ann Tavares

Colleen Ann Tavares, 48, passed away at home on February 27, 2023, following a three and a half year battle with ovarian cancer.  Colleen, known as “Coco” by many, was born in Boston, Massachusetts on June 22, 1974, the eldest child to the late William and Margaret McArdle.  She was a dedicated older sister to her three siblings, Kathleen, Jennifer, and William, leading by example with her remarkable work ethic, kindness, and loyalty.  Colleen graduated from the University of Southern California in 1998 with a double major in History and International Relations.  Colleen had a passion for travel and fulfilled lifelong dreams by moving to Paris in 2000 and spending the summer traveling across the United States in an RV with her sister, cousin, and friends in 2001.

Colleen’s last decade of her life was also her happiest, which included meeting her husband Michael Tavares, whom she married on Christmas Eve in 2015.  Without a doubt, the proudest moment of Colleen’s life was the birth of her son Connor in 2016.  Anyone who had the pleasure of having Colleen in their life marveled at what a devoted wife, mother, sister, daughter, niece, aunt and friend she was.

Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2019, Colleen never let her illness define her and became a source of constant inspiration to loved ones with her positivity, selflessness, and unrelenting will to live.  She spent the last eight years as an executive assistant for Johnson & Johnson where she continued working throughout her illness.

Colleen is survived by her husband, Michael Tavares; son, Connor Tavares; siblings, Kathleen Andrew (Jim), Jennifer McArdle, and William McArdle; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A wake will be held for Colleen at O’Connor Mortuary in Laguna Hills on March 8th from 2:00-4:00 pm.  A funeral mass for Colleen will be held at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Newport Beach on March 9th at 11:00 am followed by her interment at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange at 1:00 pm.


  • Date & Time: March 8, 2023 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
  • Venue: O'Connor Mortuary
  • Location: 25301 Alicia Parkway Laguna Hills, CA 92653 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (949) 581-4300

Funeral Mass

  • Date & Time: March 9, 2023 (11:00 AM)
  • Venue: Our Lady Queen Of Angels Catholic Church
  • Location: 2046 Mar Vista Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660 - (Get Directions)


  • Date & Time: March 9, 2023 (1:00 PM)
  • Venue: Holy Sepulcher Cemetery
  • Location: 7845 Santiago Canyon Rd. Orange, CA 92869 - (Get Directions)

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1 responses to Colleen Ann Tavares

  1. Michaela says:

    Coco – Bookclub won’t be the same without you. We love you – your tenacious spirit, your adorable sense of humor – we promise to live and love in your name and honor. Cheers, beautiful friend.

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