Jean Collins

A Wonderful Woodstock Life

On Saturday, April 18, 2020, Jean Collins, beloved mother of four children, passed away peacefully of natural causes at the age of 88. Jean was born on May 1, 1932 in Albany, NY and lived in Woodstock for almost 60 years.

Jean was preceded in death by her first husband James W. Collins, her second husband Artie Jackson, her grandson Bernard Jr., and her son Robbie. Jean is survived by three children—Susie, Linda and Jimmy; three grandchildren—Elizabeth, Bernadette and Brandon; and six great grandchildren.

Jean was best known for her sweet disposition, compassionate spirit and her love of hats, reading, gardening, dancing and of course the people, town and spirit of Woodstock. In the 70’s Jean opened a vintage hat and clothing store in Woodstock called Jean’s Hats and Artifacts. On the first warm day in Spring Jean could be seen sitting in front of her shop on Rock City Road mending and adorning a pulchritudinous vintage hat.

In commemoration of Jean’s life, May 1st shall now, by decree, be Jean’s Hat Day—#JeansHatDay. On this day and forever after, the good and gentle folk of Woodstock shall adorn and don their favorite hat!

Jean’s memorial will be held in Woodstock, time and place to be announced. To receive a personal invitation please email Jimmy and put “Jean’s Memorial” in the subject line.

Online condolences may be left for the family on Jean’s Facebook page.

The family has designated Family of Woodstock or the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum for memorial contributions.

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