Collins, Virginia May (Witaker) (April 26, 1896 - February 7, 1995)

Virginia May Collins

Douglas Budget - February 15, 1995

A service for the Christian burial of Virginia May Collins, 98, was held Feb. 10 at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Glendo.

The Rev. A.H. Bullman officiated. Interment is at the Douglas Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Collins died Feb. 7, 1995, at Platte County Memorial Nursing Home in Wheatland where she was a resident.

She was born April 26, 1896, at Almena, Kan., to Henry Sumeral and Lou LaBelle (Runyan) Witaker. Mrs. Collins was reared and educated in Kansas.

She came by train in 1917 to Wyoming to teach in a country school near Glendo. On July 26, 1918, she married Benjamin F. Collins in Wheatland while he was home on leave from World War I.

During the Depression she returned to Kansas and taught for a few years before returning to Wyoming and the Glendo area. She managed a cafe and the Collins Hotel in Glendo until 1950, she then lived for a time in Kansas and Texas.

In 1972 Mrs. Collins returned to Glendo to live with her daughter. She was a charter member of John Prince Unit 15 of the American Legion Auxiliary, a life member of Chapter 89, Order of Easter Star in Almena, Kan., a member of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church of Glendo and a member of the Glendo Community Benefit Club.

Mrs. Collins enjoyed gardening, cooking, flower arranging and oil painting. She studied handwriting analysis, read and studied extensively. She liked music and had a wonderful collection of beautiful dishes.

She was instrumental in establishing the St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church where she was the first person confirmed and served as an organist for a number of years.

Mrs. Collins is survived by a daughter, Betty J. Amick of Glendo, a sister, Bessie Shay of Carbon Cliff, Ill.; two grandchildren, Judith Bodenham of Fort Collins, Colo. and Hal Amick of Canoga Park, Calif.; and two great-granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1950; a daughter, Norma Gay Meyer; three brothers, Fred, Percy and Hal; two sisters, Charlotte and Alda.

Memorials to the Saint John the Baptist Episcopal Church Memorial Fund; Glendo 82213 would be appreciated by the family.


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