Collins, Ethel Laura (Dietz) (July 5, 1911 - July 15, 1996)

Ethel Laura Collins

Douglas Budget - July 24, 1996

Funeral services for Ethel Laura Collins, 85, were July 17 at Memorial Funeral Home in Casper with Pastor John spear of Highland Park Community Church officiating.

Graveside services followed at Mount Hope Cemetery in Sheridan with Rev. Raymond Clark officiating.

Mrs. Collins died Monday, July 15, 1996, at home following a lengthy illness.

She was born July 5, 1911, in St. Louis, Mo., to Harry and Ethel(Peters) Dietz. She grew up and received her education in St. Louis, graduating from Solden High School in 1930.

She married Earl Collins Aug. 22, 1936, in St. Louis and moved to Sheridan with their three children in 1945 after his discharge from the Marine Corps.

After her retirement from the Sheridan County Treasurer's Office, she relocated to Colorado Springs, Colo., until moving back to Wyoming in 1994. She was in fellowship at the Northeast Bible Chapel in Colorado Springs and later the Highland Park Community Church in Casper.

Mrs. Collins had a remarkable sense of humor and wit and a strong love of life and God.

Devoted wife and mother, her family was the focal point of her life. Her interests included reading, cross word puzzles, flower gardening, crafts, camping trips to the Big Horn Mountains, and a love of all animals. Her favorite pastimes were spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sharing morning "coffee" with her many friends and playing cards and bingo.

She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Sheridan and was a member of the Oakview Home Extension Club in Colorado Springs for 22 years.

She is survived by son, Richard Collins of Colorado Springs; daughters Sharon Peters of Douglas and Peggy Caldwell of Casper; sister Harriet Darragh of St. Charles, Mo.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl, her parents, her brother George and sister Edna.

The family requests memorials be donated to the Central Wyoming Hospice Building Fund in Casper.

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