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Joan Marie Collins

23 June, 2011 by troy glidden

Mrs. Joan Marie Collins, 88, formerly of McPherson, passed away at 6:25 a.m., Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 peacefully at Bethany Home, Linsborg, Kansas.

Joan Marie (Okerlind) Collins was born November 13, 1922, in McPherson, Kansas. She was the third child of Arvid and Elin Helen (Anderson) Okerlind. She was baptized into Swedish Lutheran Church (Trinity) in McPherson. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters Emeline Marzella and Carol Margretta Okerlind; daughter Laurie Joan (Collins) Lindfors; and husband, Lawrence L. Collins.

“Joanie” grew up in an artistic and musical family, with two older sisters. She attended schools in McPherson, graduating from McPherson High School in 1940. At a young age she learned to play the piano and sing, and by high school was singing in church choir, school chorus, and also with a girls’ trio called The Masterettes, which entertained for school and social events and occasionally on the radio. Joanie attended Bethany College and majored in music. She was a member of Sigma Phi Omega Sorority. While at Bethany she met Larry Collins, a student in Civilian Pilot Training on the campus. Then he moved on for more training, and she went to work for Farmers Alliance in McPherson. In 1945 they were reunited, and on August 19, 1945, in Trinity Lutheran Church, Joanie became the wife of Lawrence Collins, 1st Lt., US Army Air Corps. She accompanied him on his assignments in several states until he received his discharge, at which time they moved back to McPherson. To this union three daughters were born - Julie Ann, Melinda Lee, and Laurie Joan.

In McPherson in the early 1950s, before the family made job-related moves to Colby and later to Manhattan, Joanie was a member of the American Legion Women’s Auxiliary Chorus. While in Manhattan she was a vocal soloist and the Junior Choir director at First Lutheran Church, and also a Brownie troop leader. The family returned to McPherson in 1958, where she became a member of Monday Nighters, Birthday Club, Opera House Preservation Society, Scandinavian-American Society, Augustana Heritage Society, Messiah Chorus in Lindsborg, and a volunteer in the McPherson Memorial Hospital Gift Shop. She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church for over eighty years, serving on Altar Guild and Worship and Music Committee; belonging to Miriam Guild, exercise group, and quilters group; and singing in the Senior Choir for over sixty years.

Joanie was a homemaker after marriage. She kept a beautiful home, which she enjoyed decorating each season. She made floral arrangements using flowers from her garden in the summer and dried flora in the fall, and often decorated tables for church and social events. She was an excellent seamstress and did sewing for her home as well as for her daughters and herself. Joanie taught her daughters to sew, garden, sing, and sing harmony. They say, “As Mommy worked around the house, she played the radio and sang and we heard her, and that’s why we know so very many songs from those years. She spent a lot of time in the kitchen fixing wonderful meals for us, salads for church, desserts for club. From the kitchen she could hear us when we practiced the piano. She would call out ‘not so fast,’ or ‘that’s not right,’ and we would correct until she said, ‘that’s it.’ She taught us our prayers for mealtime and bedtime and would sit on our beds every night through junior high while we said “Jesus, Tender Shepherd...” At bedtime, if we asked, she would rub our backs; and when we were sick, she would rub us with Vicks, the healing probably coming as much from her touch as from the medicine.” Joanie willingly shared advice with her daughters as they grew up, and they all enjoyed being together whether on shopping trips, singing in the Messiah, or gathering dried weeds in the country, husband Larry driving, of course. The family enjoyed the delicious food she packed into the picnic basket or the “box for the car” on trips. Laughter came easily to them all. Christmas was a favorite holiday for Joanie. She put forth great effort to find just the right present for each family member including grand- and great-grandchildren. Joanie was concerned about preserving the history of her family and spent many days labeling and nicely wrapping and boxing items important to her family. She and Larry hosted a number of family reunions in their home. Unknown to most people is the fact that Joanie was a very good writer. She wrote letters to her daughters every week when they were away, telling them what was going on at home. And she wrote the book Growing Up Stories, complete with pictures, for her family and for which they will be forever grateful. They will miss her greatly.

Joan Marie Collins, 88, of Lindsborg, died peacefully and entered into eternal rest at 6:25 a.m., Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 at Bethany Home.

Surviving family members include her daughters and their families:

Julie (and Ronald Reno)
Tasha and Marlin Hickert; Henry Ivan,
Grace; Hutchinson, KS
Lindy Reno and Rachel Scott; Amethyst,
Emily; McPherson, KS
Julie and Allen Baldwin, McPherson, KS
Chris Baldwin and Christine Kenneally;
Nathaniel, Fineas; Melbourne, Australia
Clark and Meagan Baldwin; Jenna, Callan;
Newton, KS

Melinda Sloup, Lenexa, KS (and Roderick Sloup, dec.)
Andrew and Wendy Sloup; Taylor, Jackson,
Josh, Justin; Olathe,KS
Adam and Michelle Sloup; Kaleb; Liberty,
Aaron and Kayla Sloup; Madelyn; Prairie
Village, KS

(Laurie, dec.) and Allan Lindfors,
Marquette, Kansas
Eva and Ryan Allen; Sophia; Las Vegas, NV
Noah Lindfors; McPherson, KS

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, June 26, 2011 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home, McPherson, Kansas.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m on Monday, June 27, 2011 year, at Trinity Lutheran Church, McPherson, Kansas, with The Reverends Tim Leaf and William Buschbom officiating.
Final resting place will be in the McPherson Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church in memory of Joanie and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home; 222 West Euclid Street; McPherson, Kansas 67460.

Casket Bearers - The Grandchildren

Posted By Mary Ann Musselwhite on 27 June, 2011
May the Lord be with you as you go through this difficult time. Joanie has a special place in my heart as do all of your family members. Peace be with all of you.
Sincerely, Mary Ann

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