Celebrating the life of Coreen Catherine Collins Deering
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Coreen Catherine Collins Deering passed away the morning of Thursday, January 5, 2017, in her robe and slippers; with her morning paper and computer nearby, and a cup of coffee in hand.
Coreen was born August 29, 1939 in Oxford, Iowa. She graduated from the Marycrest College in Davenport, Iowa; with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Music.
She married Donald E. Deering in 1969 and moved to the Washington D.C. area, where she taught elementary music for over 20 years, then retired to Dataw Island, near Beaufort, South Carolina.
Coreen was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Deering; her parents, Joseph and Geneva Collins; and siblings, Melanie, Thomas, and James Collins.
She is survived by her sister, Mary Jo Collins of Lawrenceville, Illinois; sister-in-law, Pauline Collins of Tiffin, Iowa; niece, Melanie Frees; great nieces, Ashley and Heather Frees of Tiffin, Iowa; nephew, Matthew Collins of North Liberty, Iowa; great-nephews, Nicholas and Mason; great-niece, Meagan and her son, Easton; and close cousins, Robert and Carolyn Polman of Iowa City, Iowa.
Coreen was a cancer survivor and bravely fought throat cancer in 2013-2014. She led a very active life; attending mass weekly, participating in Garden Club and Bridge Club on Dataw Island. She lived her life to the absolute fullest. Coreen did not pass away with ‘boot’ on, but with ‘slippers’ on and a cup of coffee in hand, ready to embrace the new day.
A gathering for family and friends will be held from 5-7 pm on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Lensing’s Oak Hill, 210 Holiday Road in Coralville. A private interment will be held later at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Oxford, IA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Coreen’s memory may be made to St. Mary’s Auditorium Building Fund and, or Iowa Juvenile Diabetes Fund.
God Bless Forever,
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210 Holiday Road
Coralville, Iowa 52241