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Joan Frances Archibald Collins

Joan Frances Archibald Collins, a long-time Rogue Valley resident, passed away November 13, 2011. Always buoyant and cheerful, even until the end, she died peacefully and gracefully, surrounded by her loving family. As a mother, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, she is remembered by all as warm, kind, generous and very funny. A person who made everyone around her feel comfortable and welcome.

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, October 7, 1920, she never forgot her Canadian roots, especially the long summer days at the family cottage on Gull Lake. As a school girl, she became a competitive ping pong player, and won the N. Alberta championship in 1936. In winter, she ice skated at the Glenora Club and later, appeared with her best friend in a traveling ice skating show. In 1944, she married a young U.S. Army captain, Edward Hart Collins. Together, they moved to Medford, Ore., to create their life together.

With three children, Joey as she became known to family and friends, found time to volunteer her services at the Rogue Valley Hospital, at the Junior Service League School for the Deaf (appearing every year in the J.S.L. Follies in which she was an enthusiastic singer and dancer). An avid golfer, Joey was often seen burning up the course at the Rogue Valley Country Club. In later years, she sharpened her bridge game as a regular at the Colony Club, and hosted for many years the Club's summer party. At a Lake of the Woods cabin. She cheerfully took care of countless friends, relatives, and kids, toiling in the kitchen with a sign over the sink that said Dearie is wearie. In addition to being the chief cook and bottle washer, she was a pretty good water skier. Through it all, Joey had a bright sense of humor that endeared her to everyone.

Joey was part of a circle of friends, mostly parents, who enjoyed each other over many years, and who gave their children a sense of extended family and community and fond memories of an idyllic childhood. Like many of her friends, Joey was a second mom to many kids.

Joey is survived by three children, four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. They are daughter, Julia (Alan) Siporin; daughter, Barbara (Bob) Heyerman, and their children, Opie and Rylan; Rylan's wife Taisia and their twins, Kiana and Makai; son, David (Susan) and their daughters, McKenzie and Chloe.

Joey, we give you the final Gull Lake Good-bye, knowing that as you leave us, you are also arriving somewhere else. We wish you a beautiful journey. And we will miss you every day.

There will be a private family remembrance in December. Friends who knew Joey are invited to light a candle and think of her enduring, radiant spirit.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Family Nurturing Center 212 N Oakdale Ave, Medford, OR 97501. www.familynurturingcenter.org/