Collins, Joanne |
October 20, 2011
Joanne Collins died October 20, 2011 after a long courageous battle with Ovarian Cancer. She was married to Leo Joseph Collins for 38 joyous years. The one point of contention in their marriage involved travel. Their solution to the problem was every other year each person decided their travel plans. When it came to Leo's turn, he chose to stay at home. Then, when it was Joanne's turn, she picked exotic, extravagant destinations.
Joanne was born in Durham, North Carolina to Elsa and Joseph Hough. She was the eldest of their three children. Sandra deceased and survived by her brother David, of Big Bear, California.
Joanne graduated from Westlake School for Girls in 1957 and then from USC in 1960, becoming an accomplished English teacher. She was a master teacher and English Department Chairperson at both Polytech and University High School. Joanne was a charter fellow in both writing and literature projects at UCLA. These valuable experiences were instrumental in her professional growth.
She retired from LAUSD in 2000, marking her 37th year as a high school teacher. In the same year, Joanne joined the Getty Docent Team for 2 years. In 2002 she returned to the classroom as a Literary Coach, working with teachers at Mark Twain Middle School under the leadership guidance of UCLA.
Joanne will be forever grateful for the large circle of family and friends who have been an ongoing support system. She will be missed dearly by all her family members and friends. Memorial can be made to a
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2011