Mary Wilson Collins, 79, of Rainbow Lake, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, October 25, 2022.
Born in 1943 in Mountain City, Tennessee, she was the daughter of R. Clyde Wilson and Berlin Wilson. She married Donald Collins on May 28, 1965 at First Baptist Church in Johnson City, Tennessee. She graduated from Johnson County High School in Mountain City, Tennessee on June 10, 1960, and graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in English in 1964 and a Master of Arts in Reading in 1968. She went on to attended classes at the University of Vermont.
Mary taught English at Ketron High School in Kingsport, Tennessee from 1964 to 1966 and taught language arts at South Junior High in Johnson City, Tennessee from 1966 to 1968. In 1968, she and Don moved to Paul Smiths, where she taught English and reading. and was librarian at Paul Smith’s College Library until 1989. In 1989, she taught reading and remedial math at Lake Clear School and served as librarian at Petrova Elementary School in the Central District of Saranac Lake until June 2005 when she retired.
Mary loved her family and the joy of her grandson, Cassidy, and her granddaughter, Lana. She enjoyed reading and writing with her grandchildren and enjoyed their sports while watching her son, Teradon, play sports.
Mary is survived by her son Teradon Collins, his wife Caryn, and his grandchildren Cassidy and Lana Collins of Medford, Massachusetts; one brother, Kenneth Wilson of Lenore, North Carolina and one sister, Jean Mayberry of Canton, Minnesota, as well as two nieces, Sarah Morawski (Matt and children) and Donelle Buratto (Joe and children), and one nephew, Richard Wilson.
She was predeceased by her husband, Don, of 49; parents R. Clyde Wilson and Mary Berlin Wilson; Brother Terry M. Wilson; his sister Margaret L. Koch and brother-in-law Edward Koch; sister-in-law Sharon Wilson; brother Lowell Wilson and sister-in-law Louise Wilson; brother-in-law Don Mayberry; and his sister Oleen Aguirre and brother-in-law Eddie Aguirre.
At Mary’s request, no call times will be held and a private burial will be held at a later date. Family and friends wishing to remember Mary W. Collins may make memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association in care of Fortune-Keough Funeral Home, 20 Church Street, Saranac Lake.
Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the guestbook online at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.