- March 19, 1915 - November 10, 2015
- Columbiaville, Michigan
of Dorothy's Passing
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“I am so sorry for your loss of Dorothy, to time! I never met Dorothy, but from her letters to a fellow Dakota Weslyan classmate - Esther H. Henning...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Esther Walgenbach - Glendale, CA
“We have many great memories of working with Dorothy at LakeVille Schools, both during the school day and at the after school "extras." We hope your...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Steve & Linda Busick - Otisville, MI
“There was only one Dorothy. Through the UMC
choir experiences there are memories that will be related
for a very long time.
I will love her forever.
3 of 22 | Posted by: Jo Longendyke - Otter Lake, MI
“Dorothy was an absolutely wonderful person. I truly enjoyed waiting on her ND her family at curlys. Always looked forward to seeing them come in....Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: barb harris - millington, MI
“Dorothy Collins was so many things to me and my family. A wonderful neighbor (fun times on Central Street), the mother of my best friend Beverly, my...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Nancy (Fader) Strawe - Curtis, MI
“When I first moved to Columbiaville and went to work at LakeVille I worked for Dorothy in the library. Not knowing many people around the area...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Virginia L. Arnold - Otisville, MI
“Dorothy Collins what a great lady! I am really going to miss her. She was a great example of how to serve our Lord and Savior. She was my churches...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: DanaLynn (Mayberry) Phelps - MI
“Dorothy was a special lady..and lady she was. She will be welcome anywhere in heaven by the Angels of our lord who blessed those of us who knew her....Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Bonnie Cumper - columbiaville
“We will miss her Christmas letters. She always kept us updated on all of her activities. Your family will be in our prayers. Sorry we cannot...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Robert and Diane Collins - NV
“Such a wonderful, talented and respected lady, who will be truly missed by all!
10 of 22 | Posted by: Suzanne Lawrence - Columbiaville, MI
“Mrs. Collins was a very special person. She influenced many generations of students at LakeVille schools, while supporting her church and community...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Elizabeth Perkins-Harbin
“What an exemplary life! She will be missed.
12 of 22 | Posted by: Dick Mayberry - Goodrich, MI
“My mother, Beverly Haughey Hemingway, was one of Mrs. Collins students at Columbiaville. She always spoke highly of her as a teacher and later as a...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Lisa Hemingway Harris - NC
“Dorothy was such an amazing lady, in the past few years we did not see each other as much as we use to. But when we would cross paths she always...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Matthew Boone - MI
“Dave,Beverly and family's I am very sorry to here of your moms death.She was a great lady and I have to smile thinking of being booted from the...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Ron Baker - Swartz Creek, MI
“Many memories of Mrs. Collins from school library and only good memories.
16 of 22 | Posted by: Judy Nash - RHODES, MI
“Columbiaville is a better place because Dorothy Collins chose to make it her home. She was an extraordinary educator who genuinely cared about her...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Thomas Scott - Murfreesboro,, TN
“MRS. COLLINS WAS ONE OF THE BEST TEACHER I REMEMBER FROM COLUMBIAVILLE HIGH SCHOOL, SHE WAS SO ARTICULATE AND COMPASIONATE... WHAT A GREAT LADY YOU...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: JANICE YORTON - PUNTA GORDA,, FL
“I am so proud to have known her all my life.Her caring and generous ways will be greatly missed. It's hard to imagine Columbiaville without her....Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Susanne Scott - St. Clair Shores, MI
“Rest in peace Mrs.Collins.
20 of 22 | Posted by: Darlene Gurd - Flint, MI
“I am so proud to remember her as my favorite Aunt, she was a kind and loving person.
21 of 22 | Posted by: donna gohn - flushing, MI - neice
“Beverly & David & families. We want to send our condolences to all of you. Dorothy is going to be so greatly missed. She has meant to much to us....Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Bruce & Sharon Strong - FL
Dorothy Elizabeth Collins, age 100, of Columbiaville was born March 19, 1915 in McLeod County, Minnesota to Maynard and Golda (Hilts) Alexander, died November 10, 2015 at McLaren - Lapeer Region surrounded by her loving family.
Most of her early years were spent in Redfield, South Dakota, where she graduated from the local high school in 1932. She went on to major in music and English at Dakota Wesleyan University, graduating in 1936, and later earned a library science degree from the University of Michigan.
After spending five years teaching in South Dakota, Dorothy came to Columbiaville in 1941 to teach at the high school. Over the next 39 and a half years, she held many different jobs within the LakeVille district, including teacher and librarian.
After retirement, she remained active in the music department for many years, playing the piano in school musicals and accompanying students at Solo & Ensemble competitions. The LakeVille Board of Education honored her in 2012 by naming the high school media center after her.
She married Chester Collins on August 27, 1944, and they had two children together.
Dorothy belonged to and was Past President of Women's Service League, Columbiaville Historical Society, Columbiaville Rotary and the Rebekah Lodge.
She was a member of Columbiaville United Methodist Church, where she was sometimes choir director, and played the organ for Sunday services for more than 60 years.
Over the years, Dorothy was awarded many honors, including the Distinguished Service Award by the Great Teachers Foundation in 1990, the Edgar A. Guest Masonic Award for Community Service in 1991 and the Paul Harris Fellow Award by the Columbiaville Rotary in 1997.
Earlier this year, she was recognized as one of three centenarians of the year by the Valley Area Agency on Aging, and as a Distinguished Alumni of Dakota Wesleyan University.
Dorothy is survived by her son, David (Bobbi) Collins; daughter, Beverly (Joseph) Heitkamp; grandchildren Lynn Heitkamp, Jessi (Brad) Smith, Kayla Collins, Elizabeth Collins, Brianne Collins, Janice (Scott) Sakall, Jeffrey (Melina) Heitkamp; many nieces and nephews; special friend and caregiver Kathy Lagassi; and four great-grandsons.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Chester Collins; parents, Maynard and Golda Alexander; brother, Harold Alexander; sister, Doris Phillips; and many brothers- and sisters-in-law.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, November 12 and 3-9 p.m. Friday, November 13 at Jansen Family Funeral Home - Columbiaville. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 14 at the Columbiaville United Methodist Church, officiated by the Rev. Esther Irish, and followed by interment at West Deerfield Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Columbiaville United Methodist Church or the LakeVille Music Boosters for the Dorothy Collins Scholarship.