Grace Katherine "Kate" Collins
Sisson, 79, passed away peacefully April 27, 2010 after a reoccurring illness.
Kate was born Oct. 16, 1930 in a house adjacent to the Methodist church in
Francisco where she grew up and played piano for church services. She was a
graduate of FranciscoHigh School class of 1948 and married Robert Leo “Sid” Bufkin
who died tragically of an automobile racing accident in 1952.
Kate was a widow with two girls when she
married Darwin Lee Sisson in 1953. They lived in Hoffman Estates, Ill. until 1963 when they moved to Princeton where they raised six girls.
The Sissons moved
to Casselberry, Fla. in 1972 and Kate worked in three central Florida hospitals within data processing, admitting, and FloridaHospital’s Human Resources. She loved music, reading, cooking, and traveling
with family when she was not caring for her loved ones and her home.
Previously, she was an accomplished painter, seamstress, and handywoman.
Kate is survived by her brother, William
Collins of Princeton; daughters, Kathy Bufkin Paine
of Carmi, Ill., Darlene Funk of The Colony, Texas, Diane Martini of
Casselberry, Fla., Patricia Patton of Lake Mary, Fla., Barbara Truman of
Orlando, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of
more than 50 years, Darwin Sisson; daughter, SidnaBufkin Stewart; and sisters, Vera Gwen Hurst and Martha
Kate will be remembered as “Amazing Grace”
for her courage and strength.
A memorial service will be at May 17, 2010 at Community United Methodist Church of Casselberry
followed by a reception and burial at FloridaNationalCemetery in Bushnell, Fla.