Joy M. Collins, 66, died Aug. 10, 2010, at Windward Gardens Nursing Home in Camden, following a brief battle with lung cancer.

Born in Rockland Aug. 16, 1943, she was a daughter of Natale and Ruth Ward Mazzeo. Joy was educated in Rockland schools and was a graduate of Rockland High School. While in high school she played on the basketball team. She also enjoyed softball and golf, often caddying for her father.

In 1965, following high school, Joy married Donald Collins of Appleton at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Rockland.

For several years Joy was employed at Knox General Hospital in the X-Ray Department. She later moved to the business office at Camden Community Hospital.

Later in life, Joy earned her certified nursing assistant license and her med tech certification. For a total of 31 years she was employed as a CNA, first with Camden Health Care and then with Windward Gardens. Retiring in 2008, she continued to work per-diem until becoming ill in April of this year.

While at Windward Gardens, Joy enjoyed watching over and caring for all of the resident pets. Gus the cocker spaniel was one of her favorites, and she tended to all of his needs, from feeding him to taking him to the groomer and vet. Her own cocker spaniel, Oscar, held a special place in her heart.

Joy was an avid reader and enjoyed watching movies. Relief carving was something she took great pleasure in. Her children said she enjoyed carving just about anything, and often gave away her work as gifts. She greatly enjoyed sports, especially watching any game her grandchildren were involved in.

Joy is survived by a son, Dwight Collins, of Lincolnville; a daughter, Stephanie Gibbs, and her husband, Rodney, of Warren; a brother, Stephen Mazzeo, and his wife, Diane, of Thomaston; a sister, Candace Pepin, and her husband, Luc, of Augusta; five grandchildren, Ryan Gibbs and Tyler Gibbs of Warren, and Joshua Dean, Zachary Collins and A.J. Collins, all of Lincolnville; two great-grandchildren, Madison Joy Gibbs and Jacob Matthew Gibbs of Warren; two nephews, Mikial Mazzeo and Anthony Mazzeo of Thomaston; two nieces, Renee Pepin of Colorado and Rachel Pepin of Augusta; and a great-niece and great-nephew, Mackenzie and Timothy Mazzeo of Thomaston.

A graveside celebration of her life will be held Friday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. at Coughlin Memorial Cemetery on Rankin Street in Rockland. The Rev. Mark Reinhardt will officiate. A reception will follow at her daughter Stephanie Gibbs’ home in Warren.

Memorial donations may be made to the Windward Gardens Animal Fund, 105 Mechanic St., Camden, ME 04843.

Arrangements are with the Burpee, Carpenter and Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland.

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