Margaret “Peg” Gordon Burnet Collin

Barbara A. Larson


MADISON – Margaret “Peg” Gordon Burnet Collin, age 97, of Madison, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2019, at Oakwood Village Hebron Oaks.

She was born on Sept. 14, 1922, in Charlottesville, Va., the daughter of Hugh and Margaret (Bryan) Burnet. In May of 1939, Peg graduated summa cum laude from Lane High School in Charlottesville, Va. She studied pre-med at Coker University in Hartsville, S.C. and graduated magna cum laude in 1943. She attended Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and studied for a master’s degree in medical social work.

Peg married Thomas Collin on March 7, 1944, in Charlottesville, Va. Together they raised seven children. She was a smart, caring, fun and creative mother. She embraced the role of Naval Chaplain’s wife and Lutheran Pastor’s wife. In addition, Peg worked as a case worker for Wisconsin Lutheran Child and Family Services in Milwaukee, Wis.

Peg was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America for 75 years. She was a member of the Military Officer’s Association, American Association of University Women and served as President of Women of the Church.

Peg was a volunteer her entire adult life. In addition to her years contributing to Oakwood Village, she was an active resident at Good Samaritan Village in Kissimmee, Fla. Through Ezekiel Lutheran Church in River Falls, Wis., Peg gave instrumental support to the Hmong Refugee community. Peg loved writing and was an accomplished genealogist. She wrote many stories of her extended family: The Burnets, Bryans, and Carters of Virginia. She also loved to swim, bike, curate and make ceramics.

Peg is survived by two sons, Thomas Collin and Mark (Karen) Collin; four daughters, Carol (James) Polarski, Margaret (Michael) Huddleston, Elizabeth Collin and Sara (Roberto Saenz) Mead; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Thomas Collin; son, Eric Collin; and daughter-in-law, Kelly Collin.

A memorial service will be held at OAKWOOD UNIVERSITY WOODS RESURRECTION CHAPEL, 6205 Mineral Point Road, Madison, at 1:30 p.m., on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, with the Dr. Rev. George Carlson presiding. Visitation will be at the chapel from 12:30 p.m. until the time of the service on Saturday. Burial will be at Wood National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Oakwood Foundation Inc.

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