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Mary Collins

Mary Collins

Friday, July 7th, 1939 - Monday, November 16th, 2020
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Obituary

Mary Elizabeth Collins, age 81 years, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away peacefully Monday, November 16, 2020 surrounded by family at her home.

She was born on July 7, 1939 in Morgan County Mo., the daughter of Aubrey and Leatha (Brooks) Peoples. She was married on June 27, 1959 in Jefferson City, Mo. to her high school sweetheart Mitchel Collins who survives at home.

A lifelong resident of the Central Missouri area, Mary was a 1957 graduate of California High School.

Mary was employed in various positions with the State of Missouri for over 37 years and retired in 1996 as an executive secretary with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Mary loved to keep her mind and hands busy. In her free time, she enjoyed reading and tackling crossword puzzles, was skilled with a sewing needle and cooking for the family. She had a special place in her heart for her granddaughters, whether it was playing dolls with or attending any activities to support them. She cherished time with her family and loved them unconditionally. Mary always put them first in life: attending every event and more importantly, she was there during any struggle to help lift spirits. Many memories include her family and friends - cooking and hosting holiday gatherings and traveling to Boston or the Grand Canyon. Mary was cherished by all who knew her and will be greatly missed by her loving family.

Survivors include: her loving husband of 61 years, Mitchel Collins of Jefferson City, Mo.; daughter, Lori Knaebel (Mike) of Wardsville, Mo.; sister, Donna Daulton (Dan) of Versailles, Mo.; brother, Gene Peoples of Bakersfield, Ca.; two granddaughters, Mikayla Welch (Ben) of Joplin, Mo. and Morgan Knaebel of Columbia, Mo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Marjorie Huffman; brother, Jimmy Peoples; brother-in-law, R.J. Collins; and sister-in-law, Lois Collins.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 22, 2020 at Freeman Mortuary. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Freeman Chapel with Reverend Bart Larson officiating. Graveside services will follow at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens.

The general public is welcome to attend her services while following social distancing guidelines. Please stay six feet apart and avoid close contact. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to wear a personal mask.

A webcast of the funeral service will begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, for friends that are not able to attend by going to her memorial page on Freeman Mortuary’s website. Friends may mail sympathy cards to the funeral home or leave condolences online to be given to her family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice Compassus.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    When
    Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Location
    Freeman Mortuary
    Address
    915 Madison Street
    JEFFERSON CITY, MO 65101
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  • Service

    Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 | 2:30pm
    When
    Sunday, November 22nd, 2020 2:30pm
    Location
    Freeman Chapel
    Address
    915 Madison Street
    JEFFERSON CITY, MO 65101
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  • Interment

    Location
    Hawthorn Memorial Gardens
    Address
    4205 Horner Road
    JEFFERSON CITY, MO 65109
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Barbara Reading

Posted at 11:17am
We appreciated Mary's good cheer, we were glad she was our neighbor. We were sorry to see her struggle with Alzheimer's the past few years. We know she loved her family very much. Sincere condolences to her family.

Mark and Barbara Reading
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Paula Hartsfield

Posted at 03:27pm
To Mary's family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Mary while working at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. After she retired from DESE, I was thrilled that she would come to work with me at the board office of the Jefferson City School District. Mary was a very special, observant person. I loved working with her. I am sorry that I never saw Mary after she decided to leave employment with the public school district.

I love Mary's obituary and her smiling picture. May those good memories provide you with some comfort during this difficult time.

Sincerely,
Paula Hartsfield
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Joyce (Huber) Boss

Posted at 10:01am
I am so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. I worked with Mitch some 20 years ago at DOLIR and only had the pleasure of meeting Mary the one time at his retirement, but she was a very pleasant person. Prayers for her family.
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Carolyn Cryderman

Posted at 05:43pm
When I started with DESE, Mary kind of scared me until I really got to know her. She became a cherished friend and mentor. I always loved her laugh and willingness to help me. Heaven is definitely getting an angel.
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Tom and Carol Backes family

Posted at 04:14pm
Mike and Lori-
So very sorry for your loss. Deepest condolences and prayers to you and your family. Tom and Carol Backes and family
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