ROCKLAND and WARREN - Peggy L. Collins, 67, passed away peacefully Monday, April 22, 2013, at Maine Medical Center, Portland, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Feb. 13, 1946, in Bar Harbor, 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 bachelors degree in education in 1968. She married William Calderwood on June 8, 1968. She would teach for a year at Mars Hill School and then thanks to William's time in the U.S. 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 worked at the Warren schools, 1979-2011. 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 at 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, Literacy Volunteers, Humane Society of Knox County, Habitat for Humanity, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, where she was the site coordinator for the program at 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 St. John's Episcopal Church, 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 and loved her.
Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Clayton Collins, of Rockland; daughter, Christy Marchand and husband, James, of Canton, Mich.; son, Matthew Calderwood and wife, Shannon, of Union; stepdaughter, Deborah Samuel and husband, Sundar, of Cooperstown, N.Y.; father, Carl Wheaton of Williamsburg, Va.; mother, Virginia McFarland of Bar Harbor; brother, Steve Wheaton and companion, Mary Giltner, of Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren, Caitlin, Alexander and Daniel Marchand and Acadia and Finnegan Calderwood; stepgrandchildren, 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 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 26, at Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St., Waldoboro. A celebration of life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Elks Lodge
, 210 Rankin St., Rockland, with the Rev. Peter Jenks officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Peggy's memory to Humane Society of Knox County, P.O. Box 1294, Rockland, ME 04841. Arrangements are entrusted to Hall Funeral Home, 949 Main St., Waldoboro. You are invited to share your condolences, memories and photos with the family by visiting their Book of Memories at www.hallfuneralhomes.com