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Minnie Insley

Minnie Rae Insley (Willey), 71, of Andrews, MD passed away peacefully on September 4, 2017 at Johns Hopkins Hospital with family by her side. Born March 27, 1946 in Cambridge, she was a daughter of the late Selvin and Ethel Willey. In October of 1965, after only their second date, Minnie married Dal Insley of Andrews, based totally on a bet. Making their home in Andrews, Minnie was a homemaker raising their three children. In 1977, she started becoming involved in the school system; volunteering, being a part of the PTA and then substituting. She later obtained a full time position, first in special education and then as an instructional assistant for kindergarten and first grade at South Dorchester K-8 School until the time of her death. Minnie had a passion for helping children learn and she enjoyed all her time spent at SDS K-8. At the school, the majority of the students looked at her as their own grandmother, calling her “Mom Mom Minnie”.

Besides her husband Dal, she is survived by her three children Billie Jo Lagana, and husband Tom, Bobbie Jo Simmons and Dal Insley, Jr., and wife Jennifer; seven grandchildren, Jessie Brown and husband Chris, Ashley Simmons and fiancé Ryan Mitchell, Samantha Simmons and boyfriend Matt, Caitlin Trumbull and boyfriend Tyler, Jake Trumbull and girlfriend Kendall, Landon Insley and Laila Insley; one great grandson, Junior Brown, who was the apple of her eye. She is also survived by Joey, Joel and Trish Hayden, who she considered as grandchildren. Minnie is survived by a brother Paul and wife Phyllis of Georgia; sister Mary Duhamel and husband James of New Jersey, as well as many nieces and nephews. Minnie also held a special place in her heart for her sister in laws, Brenda Willey Bickerton and Goldona Insley. Besides her parents, preceding her in death are brother’s Donald, Randall, Raymond, and Sherman Willey, as well as son in law Eddie Simmons and niece Debbie Grafton.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 8, 2017 at the Cambridge Wesleyan Church on Race Street, Cambridge. Visitation will be from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and the service will begin at 12:00 pm, officiated by Pastor Jack Diehl. Interment will take place at Maryland Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Billy Willey, Ricky Willey, Timmy Willey, O’Neil Insley, Jr., Doug Burton and Larry Farinetti, Jr.

Minnie’s life was dedicated to helping the students of SDS, therefore in lieu of flowers donations can be sent to SDS K-8, 3485 Golden Hill Rd., Church Creek, MD 21622.

Arrangements entrusted to Newcomb and Collins Funeral Home, P.A., Cambridge.

To share online condolences with the family, please visit www.newcombcollins.com


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ,Friday, September 8, 2017
Cambridge Wesleyan Church
803 Race St. Cambridge, MD, Dorchester 21613

Funeral Service

12:00 PM ,Friday, September 8, 2017
Cambridge Wesleyan Church
803 Race St. Cambridge, MD, Dorchester 21613

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Extending deepest sympathy to family and friends in this time of sorrow. Please find comfort in knowing that soon all those in the memorial tombs will hear Jesus' voice and come out. (John 5:28,29) Until that blessed day, may Jehovah, the God of all comfort, grant you peace while many fond memories warm your hearts.

Annie Wingfield Sep 30 2017 12:00 AM

My dear wife and I would like to extend our belated condolences for the loss of your loved one. All of us have experienced the pain of death in some way sad to say. And, so, at difficult times like this we are confronted with the stark reality of how precious and fragile life can surely be (James 4:14). So, my wife and I send this condolence to you with the hope that we can in some small way comfort you as it has comforted us with what the Bible reveals to us about GOOD NEWS from Almighty God. Please be assured that we are in no way trying to impose our faith on you; but we sincerely just want to extend comfort to you during your grief (Proverbs 17:17). As recorded in the Bible, God's only-begotten son, Jesus promises that one day he is personally going to bring back to life all those who have died, just as he did when he was on earth as a man (John 5:28,29; 11:43, 44). Just as death is an enemy to us, it is also an enemy to God (1 Corinthians 15:26). For that reason as well as others, He promises to remove FOREVER all the pain, suffering, wickedness, and DEATH that mankind has had to endure for thousands of years (Revelation 21:3-5; Psalm 37:10, 11, 29). What a glorious and almost unbelievable day that will be! It's a reality and a sure hope we can rely on because it is absolutely impossible for God to lie (Titus 1:2; Isaiah 55:10, 11). It is our hope that you NOT take our word for what has been written in this condolence; but that you please take a moment to read and meditate on all these referenced scriptures in your own Bible (1 Timothy 4:15, 16). My wife and I are confident you will be encouraged and comforted by the marvelous hope God has in store for us (Psalm 1:1-3; John 17:3). Our thoughts and prayers are sincerely with all of you.

George & Christine Ragusa Sep 30 2017 12:00 AM

Minnie was one of the sweetest people I've ever known. She was such a fixture at South Dorchester School. Ashley and Michelle loved her. Prayers to you all.

Diane Jones Chavis Sep 9 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss of such a special lady, lean on all your memories, I'm sure there are many as she loved her family and all the children, teachers & parents she touched at South Dorchester School. Diane & Warren

Warren & Diane Newcomb Sep 7 2017 12:00 AM

Ms Minnie was such a kind, caring and thoughtful person. We are so grateful to have had her in our lives. She will always hold a special place in our hearts. Steve, Julie & Family

Steve & Julie Merrick Sep 7 2017 12:00 AM

A true friend. So many memories. I'll cherish them forever. Love and prayers to the family.

Mary McAuliffe Sep 6 2017 12:00 AM

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time.

Steve and Karen Abbott Sep 6 2017 12:00 AM

Bobbie Jo and Family So sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. Ms. Minnie was such a nice lady, always full of smiles. My thoughts and prayers to you all.

LeAnn Lewis Sep 6 2017 12:00 AM

A long time friend, will missed seeing her at K-8 S.D watching over the children. God has her with him watching over his children in heaven. Our prayers are with you.

Charlotte and Phillip Spedden Sep 6 2017 12:00 AM

Heaven most definitely gained another Angel with Minnie as she was one of the loveliest people inside and out I've ever had the honor of knowing! Josh and Joey loved her so much as well...God Bless you all...

Joanie & Johnny Sep 6 2017 12:00 AM

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