Joyce W. Collinsworth
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Mrs. Joyce Collinsworth, 93, of Prospect died on February 8, 2013, at Sunset Nursing Home in Boonville. She was born in Watertown, NY, on November 7, 1919, the daughter of Fred Walter Tucker and Lillian Whitney Tucker. She graduated from Watertown High School in 1937 and Potsdam State Normal School in 1940. In August 1943 Joyce married Army Sergeant Bernard Collinsworth, in Gracey, KY. They had met, only because of the war, at Pine Camp. They moved to Prospect in 1952 and then purchased their home there in 1956. Bernard died in 1997, two days before their 54th wedding anniversary. Joyce initially taught 2nd grade at Remsen Central School and then was a 4th grade teacher at Holland Patent Central School from 1955 to 1974. She was an active member of Park United Methodist Church in Prospect and served as the organist there from 1975 to 2010. She was a member of Singing Hills Senior Citizens and Eastern Star, and a volunteer pianist for sing-alongs at the Masonic Home. In 1978, she began making hand-stitched quilts for her family and came to be in charge of various small groups of women creating quilts for local charitable fund-raising projects and as donations. She occasionally gave piano lessons, as recently as 2012. Joyce loved her family, friends, village and church. She found much enjoyment in bird watching, music, flowers, and her cat, Cleo. She had a caring and generous heart. Surviving immediate family members are, daughter, Ann Weiss, of Penn Yan; granddaughter, Laura Beth Weiss (Scott Jarvis), of Ithaca; grandson, Richard Weiss, of Penn Yan; nephew, Alan Pattengill (Elizabeth), of New Hartford; niece, Susan Keats (Roy), of Schenectady; great-nieces, Rachel Osborn (Erik), of Portland ME, Sarah Keats, of Yarmouth, ME, and Karin Dubiel (Mathew), of Pasadena, CA; and great-great-nephews, Owen and Isaac Osborn. Joyce's only sister, Phyllis Pattengill, of Watertown, died in 2011 at age 96. Great-granddaughter, Aoife Margaux Weiss, was born in Ithaca four days after Joyce's death. Plans will be made for a springtime memorial service and burial. Ackley-Mills Funeral Home in Remsen is assisting in this process. Anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution might consider Park United Methodist Church in Prospect or a preferred charity. For an online message of sympathy go to www.millsfuneralhomes.com
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Feb. 16, 2013