Obituary of Joan Venice McCollum
Joan Venice McCollum has now left this physical life to joyfully walk with her lord. After valiantly surviving cancer, Venice battled progressive dementia.
Her faith served her well throughout her life and she kept a smile on her face and in her heart through the hardest of her trials and tribulations.
A viewing will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City; graveside services to follow at 11 a.m. at Greenwood Memorial Garden in Grass Valley.
This sweet, loving woman was born in 1932 in Hondo, Texas to Max and Eleanor (Wright) Mulcahy. The family then relocated to Center Point, a small town in the Texas hill country where “Niecie” was raised, along with her three siblings.
Venice attended high school at Kerrville High School. She attended college at University of Texas in Austin, where she received a bachelor degree in microbiology and became a member of Phi Betta Kappa as a result of her scholastic achievements. While at UT, Venice met and fell in love with a young pre-medical student, Kenneth B. McCollum. They married, and then moved to Galveston, where Venice undertook research in microbiology while Ken attended medical school.
Venice and Ken had two boys, Craig and Scott, and moved to Colorado. After over 13 years of marriage, Ken and Venice divorced in 1965.
Venice and her boys then moved to the Reno/Lake Tahoe area, where Venice raised her two sons as a single mother while teaching high school science. In approximately 1971, Venice earned her real estate license, and embarked upon a new career, first at Squaw Valley Realty in Olympic Valley, then later opening her own real estate office in Tahoe City.
Venice served proudly as a member and president of the North Lake Tahoe Realtors Board. In 1997, Venice retired and moved to the Grass Valley area where she made many new friends and regularly volunteered with the Sierra Memorial Hospital Auxillary and at the First Baptist Church of Grass Valley. Venice spent her last four and a half years in San Luis Obispo, enjoying family, friends and the milder climate.
Preceded in death by her older brothers, Glenn and Myron, Venice is survived by her older sister, Gloria (Skelton); her two boys, Craig (Cheryl) and Scott (Maggie); as well as four wonderful grandchildren, Justin, Jamie, Kelly and Sean.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in her honor to the Alzhiemer’s Association.
Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.
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