Rita Regina “Jean” Collins, 82, of Bellingham, Wash. passed away Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010 after an extended illness from multiple myeloma. She was a dedicated and loving wife and mother, whose greatest joy in life was giving love and providing for the happiness and well-being of her husband, children and grandchildren, as well as her friends and relatives. She was also famous for her cooking, her sense of fashion and style, friendliness, and love of life. Anyone who ever met Collins liked her immediately and had their lives enriched by the experience. She was a strong, determined woman who fought the good fight against her illness in her last days.
Collins is preceded in death by her parents, Lucas Pasierb and Mary Scoviak Pasierb; and by her sisters Florence Lebosky, Clara Miner, Dorothy Jaffre, Theresa Albertini, and Helen Shaffer. She was survived by her exceptionally devoted and loving husband of 60 years, Leroy N. Collins; a daughter Carol J. Wight and son-in-law Steven Wight of Bellingham, Wash.; a son Michael Collins and daughter-in-law Carolyn Collins of Hendersonville, N.C.; four grandchildren, Lucas Wight and Eric Wight of Bellingham, Wash., Lauren Collins of Bristol, Conn. and Jessica Collins of High Point, N.C.; four sisters: Marie Scandal, Bobbe Pasierb, Shirley Pasierb of Shamokin, Pa. and Delores Shomper of Harrisburg, Pa.; seven in-laws: John and Grace Collins of Wenonah, N.J., Eli Collins and Virginia of Seaford, Del., Lewis Collins of Seaford, Del., Wanda Conley of Berlin, Md., and Donald and Janice Collins of Clarksville, Del..; and 21 nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Lynden Christian Healthcare’s Rehabilitation Center for their extraordinary care and compassion during Collins' last days.
Collins' has been cremated by Moles Family Funeral Home. A memorial service and celebration of Jean’s life is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. at Moles Family Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that contributions be made to Lynden Christian Healthcare’s Rehabilitation Center, 255 Aaron Drive, Lynden, WA 98264.