Georgia C. Collins
Sunday 28th of January 1934 - Tuesday 1st of January 2019
Georgia Lynne Chamberlin Collins died in her sleep in the early hours of January 1, 2019, after a brief illness. She was born January 28, 1934, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Margaret Gregg Chamberlin and Glenn Evelyn Chamberlin, who was, like his father Robert Burns Chamberlin, the town doctor of Twinsburg. She was the second of three daughters. Her older sister Anne and younger sister Carol are both deceased.
Georgia graduated from Twinsburg High School in 1952, and entered the University of Wisconsin in Madison, majoring in art. She met her future husband, Clinton Collins, and they married June 25, 1955, immediately after his graduation from the university. They settled in Brooklyn, New York, and a son, Gregg Clinton Collins, was born in May of 1956. The family moved to Bloomington, Indiana, so that Clinton could pursue a Ph.D. in philosophy of Education at Indiana University, and Georgia renewed her Art education.
A daughter, Lynn Anne Collins, was born in 1961. Their family was completed in April of 1966, when a daughter, Christine Leigh Collins, was born. The family moved to Lexington, Kentucky, where Clinton taught philosophy of education at the University of Kentucky.
Georgia pursued graduate study in Art Education at Ohio State University, earning her Ph.D. in 1978. In the interim, she became a licensed Teacher of Art in Kentucky public schools, taught for a year at a school started by parents called Innisfree, and finally joined the faculty of the University of Kentucky, where she became a full professor. She also coauthored a text, Women, Art, and Education, with Renee Sandell, published by the National Art Education Association, that established her national reputation on the role of women in art and led to dissertation study on Georgia by Linda Poling, a doctorate in the field.
Georgia was an avid reader, and joined book discussion groups with Clinton, including one connected to her church, the Episcopal Church of Saint Michael, on Bellefonte Drive, whose rector is the Honorable Laurie Brock.
In addition to her husband and children, Georgia is survived by her two granddaughters, Anna in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Lauren in Evanston, Illinois, both now at university; her daughter-in-law, Heather, the wife of Gregg; four nieces, Stephanie Elliot, Becky Crosby, Jennifer Guernsey, and Glenda Taylor; a brother-in-law, Bill Cornell; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Allan Collins and Patricia Smith, both siblings of Clinton; Allan’s wife Ann Collins, and their daughter Elizabeth and son Antony.
For the benefit of her survivors, Georgia completed a charming memoir of her idyllic small-town childhood, “Before I Forget”. In the ways that matter, Georgia’s was a beautiful life, and many will miss her, but none should mourn her.
The funeral will be held Saturday at the
Episcopal Church of St. Michael the Archangel, 2025 Bellefonte Dr., Lexington.
Visitation will be at 3:00, with services at 4:00.