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Official Obituary of

Beth Lipton Collins

May 1, 1962 ~ February 19, 2024 (age 61) 61 Years Old
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Beth Collins Obituary


Beth Lipton Collins, a beacon of creativity and educational excellence, passed away on February 19, 2024, following a brave battle with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Born in New York City on May 1, 1962, to Barbara Barrett Lipton and the late Milton Lipton, Beth's vibrant spirit and passion for the arts were evident from a young age.

Beth's artistic journey flourished as she graduated from Bard College with a degree in performing arts. Her relentless drive and visionary mindset led her to establish the Woodstock Youth Theater, where she served as the founder and director. Over fifteen transformative years, Beth directed dozens of plays and performances, touching the lives of countless children with her positive influence and nurturing guidance.

Her commitment to fostering young minds extended into her pursuit of higher education. Beth earned a Master's Degree in Elementary Education, followed by another Master's Degree in Public School Administration from NYU, which she seamlessly integrated into her professional life. As the Director of the Onteora Central Schools' gifted & talented program in the late 1990s, Beth's prowess in grant writing brought her programs to remarkable heights, including a European tour for her Youth Theatre Program.

Beth's dedication to education and the arts continued as she hosted the Summer Arts Program at Bennett School and penned a successful proposal for a school garden at Phoenicia Elementary School. Her expertise led her to Davidson Day School in North Carolina, where she taught first grade and directed plays, leaving an indelible mark on her students. Beth's published book on early concepts of teaching through movement further showcased her innovative approach to education.

In 2004, Beth brought her talents to the Hunter College Campus Schools, teaching 6th graders and directing Middle School Theater. Her leadership skills were recognized in 2006 when she became the Assistant Principal at Tappan Zee Elementary School in Rockland County. Her outstanding contributions to her community earned her the Ulster County Woman of the Year award and the prestigious Jenkins Award from the National P.T.A.

Beth's interests extended far beyond her professional endeavors. Known for her endless energy, she found joy in playing golf, swimming, and downhill snow skiing. A certified lifeguard, Beth's love for the water was matched only by her musical talents, as she was both an accomplished accordion player and a piano teacher. Her proficiency in American Sign Language was another testament to her multifaceted abilities, and her favorite color, magenta, was a reflection of her vibrant personality.

Beth's legacy is carried on by her loving family:her mother Barbara Lipton, her husband, Randy Collins; her sons, Roscoe and Fletcher Braman; her twin sister, Sara Lipton; and her brother, Josh Lipton, and bonus siblings: Nancy Lipton Rosenblum, Joan Lipton, and Andrew Lipton.   Her memory will forever be cherished by those who knew her, as they continue to be inspired by the life she led and the hearts she touched.

Beth's life, though cut short by the devastating impact of Alzheimer's disease, was marked by her extraordinary capacity to enhance the lives of others. Her spirit, dedication, and the love she shared will continue to resonate within the community and the countless individuals whose lives she enriched.

As we bid farewell to Beth Lipton Collins, we celebrate a life exceptionally well-lived—a life filled with creativity, education, and the unwavering belief in the potential of every child. Her legacy will endure in the arts she championed, the students she inspired, and the love she bestowed upon her family and friends.


A Memorial Service to celebrate the life of Beth will be held on Thursday February 29, 2024 at 1pm at the Seamon-Wilsey Funeral Home 45 John St. Saugerties with Rabbi Zoe Zak as celebrant.   The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer's Assn. at   You may share a special memory, photo, or condolence with the family on Beth's Tribute Wall at








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