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Joy Dobry Collins died peacefully on the morning of July 25, 2014 at the Army Residential Community in San Antonio, Texas. She was 87. She was born in Elk City, Oklahoma; after her marriage to Robert M. Collins "Bob", a career naval officer, they lived at duty stations throughout the United States, Japan, and the Philippines. After Bob's retirement from the U.S. Navy as a Rear Admiral in 1978, they moved to San Antonio. After Bob's death in 2007, Joy moved to the Army Residential Community in San Antonio where she enjoyed happy times and many dear friendships. In addition to her husband, Bob, Joy was preceded in death by her daughter, Mary Ann, and two grandsons, Matthew and Charles.Survived by children Sam, Nicky, Janet and Joe, as well as nine grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.A memorial service is planned for 10:00 am, September 13th in the Chapel of the Army Residential Community, San Antonio, Texas, followed by a reception on site.
Published in Express-News on Aug. 17, 2014