Marjorie Ann Collis of North Falmouth died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 13. She was 83.
She was the daughter of Edwin Thompson and Virginia (Perkins) Thompson Worth.
Born in Cambridge, she graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School. She married Charles David Collis. She served in the US Navy, as did her husband. They lived on both coasts of the country until they moved to North Falmouth in 1980. That same year Mr. Collis died.
She continued to raise their four children and start a career as a folk artist. Anything served as her medium, whether it was an antique trunk, a piece of driftwood, a buoy, an ornament, or canvas. She created whimsical seaside tableau populated with mermaids, sailboats, sailors and cottages that now grace many homes on Cape Cod. She had many exhibitions over the years and in the past was represented by Birdsey On The Cape and had a store at the Popponessett Marketplace. She contributed to the Cotuit Art Show, the Cataumet Art Association, the West Falmouth Library Art Show and collaborated on an art show at the Falmouth Hospital with her late sister, Joan Bourget.
She was a longtime member of Al-Anon and the First Spiritualist Church of Onset.
Ms. Collis volunteered in the Falmouth Public Schools teaching art and worked for Mentor, providing respite care for foster parents.
She leaves her children, David Collis and his wife, Renée, of Hanover, Virginia; Michael Collis and his wife, Cathy Collis, of Nantucket; Kristen Boucher and her husband, Paul Boucher, of Sandwich and Robert Collis of Fort Lauderdale; three grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins; and her aunt Marilyn Perkins.
Due to COVID precautions, service and burial will be private. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.