D. Jean Collins, 77

Teacher, watercolorist

March 16, 2007

D. Jean Collins, a retired physical education teacher and painter, died of a bleeding ulcer March 8 at her home in North Conway, N.H. The former Owings Mills resident was 77.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Dundalk, Miss Collins was a 1946 graduate of Sparrows Point High School.

After earning a bachelor's degree in health and physical education from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1950, she began teaching in Pocomoke City, and then took a job at Elmer Wolfe High School in Union Bridge.

Miss Collins taught at Mars Estates and Pine Ridge elementary schools in Baltimore County for eight years before joining the Women's Army Corps in 1962. She attained the rank of lieutenant.

In the late 1960s, she returned to Pine Ridge and taught there until retiring in 1980.

Miss Collins, a watercolorist, traveled and camped extensively at Taos, N.M., Gloucester, Mass., Gettysburg, Pa., and finally in New Hampshire's White Mountains, where she enjoyed painting. Since 1995, she had lived at North Conway, where a memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Furber and White Funeral Home.

Surviving are a brother, Stanton J. Collins of Baltimore; a nephew and two nieces.

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