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Helen S. Collins
Helen S. CollinsCrossHelen Susanna Collins, age 91 of Prospect, died peacefully Tuesday afternoon, December 20, 2011 at the Marion Manor Nursing Home.  She was born April 25, 1920 at home on the family farm in Delaware County to the late Emery Levi and Susanna (Guy) Roberts.

On October 26, 1941 she married Charles O. Collins and he died October 10, 1981.  She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Guy, Edgar and Stanley Roberts.

She was a lifetime member and faithful servant of the Prospect Baptist Church and its Mission Society and the Prospect Gardeners Club.  She loved being a cook and serving the children for 37 years at the Prospect, later Elgin South Elementary.  She began working part-time and eventually became head cook in the only job she ever had, retiring in 1993.  Helen and her husband, Charlie loved welcoming others into their home, which they built themselves in 1950.  They traveled extensively, including trips to the Holy Land and Wales, where Charlie’s family was from.  She loved sewing, making crafts, gardening and canning, and was known for making “scrubbers”, which she sold to family, friends and at the Ohio State Fair.

She is survived by her daughter, Joan Eilene (William) Schwaderer, Marysville; two granddaughters, Kara Susanna (Michael) Hampton, Springboro; Krista Nicole (John) Kelso, Prospect; a great-granddaughter, Faith Helenna Hampton; and a great-grandson, Will Carson Hampton.

Funeral services will be Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 10:30 AM at the Prospect Baptist Church with Pastor Bill Snyder officiating.  Burial will follow in Prospect Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM on Friday at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Prospect.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Prospect Baptist Church, P. O. Box 51, Prospect, OH  43342.

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#1 from: Lynne Ledley
Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Joan & Bill, you have my sympathy at the passing of your mother.  My mother, Mildred Glass, knew your mother from the Prospect Senior Citizens and Richwood Civic Center as well as taking senior citizen trips together.  Your mother lived a long, active life and it is difficult to watch their health decline.  

#2 from: Mark & Candy Rinnert
Palmetto, Fl.
Wed, Dec 21, 2011 at 4:57 PM

To Joan, Bill & your family, You have our condolences. There is a lot of good memories for your family to share. Helen was a special person to so many school children in her lifetime, as well as the Prospect community. We will be with you in our prayers.

Mark & Candy

#3 from: Bonnie (Vanest) Camp
Murfreesboro, Tn
Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 8:42 AM

Dear family of Mrs Collins,                      I remember Mrs Collins very well. When I was in school there in Prospect back in the 60's, I was able to work in the kitchen to help pay for my lunches. She was a very delightful person to be around. God BLess you all during this time.      Bonnie (Vanest) Camp

#4 from: Marilyn & Gary Reynolds
Round Rock Texas
Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Joan, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. She will be missed by all who knew her. She was a special Mom and lady.

#5 from: Ray  & Arlene James
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 7:15 PM

So sorry to hear of your mother's passing..she was a great lady and we  always enjoyed her so much..she had many words of wisdom..Ray has missed talking with her..he was always impressed with the fact that they could talk and talk and she never ever had anything bad to say about anyone.  That's a great testimony and wonderful example..You are inour prayers..Ray and Arlene James

#6 from: Janet Robison Oglesby
Hubbard, OH
Sun, Dec 25, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Joan & Bill and family,
I have very fond memories of visiting cousins Charlie and Helen in Ohio. The cousins in Pennsylvania always looked forward to their visits. How proud they were of their two granddaughters. Helen was a sweet lady, you/we will miss her. We look forward to the day when all the Ohio cousins and all Pennsylvania cousins we be in heaven together.
With Sympathy, Janet & Don Oglesby

#7 from: Angela Weaver
Odenton, MD
Wed, Dec 28, 2011 at 5:00 PM

So sorry to learn of Helen's passing.  I grew up in the church with her and always got  hug or special hello when I would go through the lunch line at Elgin South.  She will be missed.

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