Peggy L. Collins

Apr 23, 2013
Peggy L. Collins

Rockland — Peggy L. Collins, 67, passed away peacefully at Maine Medical Center in Portland surrounded by her loving family Monday April 22, 2013.

She was born in Bar Harbor Feb.13, 1946 the daughter of Carl and Virginia Hodgkins Wheaton. She grew up in Bar Harbor and attended local schools and was a graduate of Bar Harbor High School class of 1964. After high school she went on to the University of Maine at Orono and graduated with a bachelor's degree in education in 1968.

She married William Calderwood on June 8, 1968. She would teach for a year at the Mars Hill School and then thanks to William’s time in the Navy the two would travel to Florida, Texas, Colorado, and eventually back to Maine. While the two traveled they began their family and she would stay at home to raise the children. When they moved back to Maine they lived in Ellsworth and then eventually moved to Warren where she would begin her teaching career at  Warren Elementary School. Over her career she would primarily teach sixth grade. She would work at the Warren schools from 1979 to 2011. She touched many lives while at the school and was known for her energetic and engaging teaching style as well as the nicknames she would bestow on all of the children of the school. She was always teaching even during her summer vacations she could be found in a lawn chair reading books and writing out questions for the upcoming year. She was a fixture at the school and touched many lives. There were even some instances that she had taught three generations from the same family.

She married Clayton Dec. 31, 1993 and the two made their home in Rockland. She loved being able to sit by the water and see all of the wildlife. She grew fond of feeding the various creatures much to the chagrin of her neighbors and husband.

She was always looking to help in any way that she could. She would volunteer for such organizations as, The Literacy Volunteers, the Humane Society of Knox County, Habitat for Humanity, and Big Brothers Big Sisters where she was the site coordinator for the program at the Warren Elementary School, she worked the pancake breakfast with the sisters of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority every year for the past 20 years as well as being a volunteer for the Lobster Festival itself. One of her fondest trips was the mission trip that she and Clayton were able to take to Haiti. She was a member of the St. John’s Episcopal Church in Thomaston.

She had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. Her thirst for knowledge, and her compassion made her a wonderful educator. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all that knew her and loved her.

Survivors include her husband of 20 years Clayton Collins of Rockland; daughter Christy Marchand and her husband James of Canton, Mich.; son Matthew Calderwood and his wife Shannon of Union; step-daughter Deborah Samuel and her husband Sundar of Cooperstown, N.Y.; father Carl Wheaton of Williamsburg, Va.; mother Virginia McFarland of Bar Harbor; brother Steve Wheaton and his companion Mary Giltner of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren Caitlin, Alexander and Daniel Marchand, Acadia and Finnegan Calderwood; step grandchildren Anna Steinbuch and Elizabeth Samuel; nephew Elliot Wheaton; and many other nieces and family members.

A time for friends and family to gather and remember Peggy will be held Friday, April 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the evening at Hall Funeral Home 949 Main St. Waldoboro.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday April 27, at 1 p.m. at Elks Lodge in Rockland, 210 Rankin St. with Rev. Peter Jenks officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Peggy’s memory to the Humane Society of Knox County P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841

You are invited to share your condolences, memories and photos with the family by visiting their Book of Memories at hallfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home 949 Main St Waldoboro, ME

Comments (1)
Posted by: Christine M Starrett | Apr 23, 2013 14:16

To one of the best teacher this earth has ever had grace it's classroom! I remember her love of the children and the classroom! She taught many of her students life skills and expectations that were far beyond the classroom! She made a lasting impression on me as a mother! She went above and beyond giving my daughter Jennica a special education above her grade level. That was the kind of teacher she was! She made a curriculum for my daughter, who she recognized needed something extra and above what was taught at the sixth grade level. I contribute my daughters success as a very bright student, and getting her degree as an engineer with the special classes she gave her, the time she spent preparing the extra work, in her own time. I have thought of you with great fondness over the years, and have  missed stopping in to visit, long after my children graduated high school! You will be missed by many, and I will miss you very much! R.I.P a kind and wonderful lady!



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