PENDLETON - Joy Arlene Kollman, 65, of Pendleton died Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at Elizabethan Manor in Pendleton after a long and courageous battle with rectal cancer. At her request, a graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 8 at Olney Cemetery, with a potluck luncheon following at the Pendleton Eagles Lodge.
Ms. Kollman was born Jan. 1, 1945, at the Maternity Hospital in Pendleton, the second of three girls born to Jim and Cecelia Kollman of Ukiah. She grew up in Ukiah and attended all twelve years at Ukiah schools, graduating in 1963.
After attending BMCC and acquiring her nursing aide certificate, she worked for several years at Pendleton Community Hospital, first as a nursing aide, then as the ward clerk. In the mid-1970s she moved to Astoria, working in the hospital there again as a ward clerk. When economic hardship settled in, the hospital closed a wing and laid several people off, including her. Upon returning to Pendleton she worked at a day care.
Having never married, she was the dear Aunt Jo who daily took care of her great nieces, and after they entered school she was the caregiver for the Smith children. In between child care she worked in the cafeteria at Kmart, with her last job being in the deli at Walmart.
Survivors include her mother, Cecelia Kollman of Pendleton; sisters Carole Picard of Ukiah and Karen Phegley of Pilot Rock; two nephews, two nieces and their families; and dear friends Virginia, Connie, Ronnie and Tanna.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Elizabethan Manor in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.
Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Sign the online guestbook at www.burnsmortuary.com.