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Helen Watson Collison

Chadds Ford, PA - Helen Watson Collison, 72, originally of Chestertown and lately of Chadds Ford, PA, died peacefully in her home on May 1. The cause was complications from breast cancer.

Mrs. Collison was a long-time resident of the Delaware/Pennsylvania region, moving to Wilmington, DE in 1975. She and her husband had a retail business for several years before Mrs. Collison moved into the local technology industry. She held systems roles at Lincoln University, Digital Equipment Corporation, and the Dupont Company before retiring in 2010. In retirement, Mrs. Collison volunteered at Tristate Bird Rescue and was active in her grandchildren's lives.

Helen Gillette Watson was born November 17, 1945, in Chestertown, MD. She was the daughter of the late Gilbert Watson II and Mal Watson. She grew up on the family farm at Comegys Bight before attending Abbot Academy. She earned a Bachelor's degree in physical therapy from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master's degree in zoology from the University at Buffalo (previously the State University of New York at Buffalo). She married Terry Collison, of Wilmington, in 1965. Terry Collison died in 2011.

Mrs. Collison is survived by her sons Blaine (Stacy), of Bethesda, MD, and Chandler (Kim), of Kennett Square, and by her four grandchildren, Ellis, Holden, Calvin and Loralei. She is also survived by her sisters Marcia Goldberg (Nelson) of Cockeysville, Durrie Chisholm (Manson) and Molly Mears (Roy), both of Chestertown, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her brother Gilbert Watson III (Ellen Uzelac) of Chestertown.

In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting well-wishers make micro-finance loans through Kiva.org or donations to Tristate Bird Rescue.
Published in The News Journal on May 16, 2018
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