Mrs. Patty R. Collins, RN, age 80, of Rockford went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, April 20, 2009.
Patty accepted Christ at the age of 11. She knew a lot of people who were missionary nurses, and they encouraged her to become a registered nurse. She was a 1946 graduate of Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, and then attended Indiana University School of Nursing, graduating in 1950.
Patty met Frank at the 31st Street Fundamental Baptist Church where they were later married on June 27, 1948. On their honeymoon they used her father’s 1947 Ford. After moving to Grand Rapids in 1949, Patty’s first job was as a registered nurse at Butterworth Hospital, and then she switched to Blodgett Hospital. For many years she was the night supervisor of nursing. Patty was very knowledgeable of what went on in the hospital and retired in 1986.
She joined Rockford Baptist Church in 1972 where she worked in the library, taught Sunday school, and was Deaconess. Prior to that, she attended Trinity Baptist Church where she took charge of the nursery. Patty enjoyed sewing, playing the piano, and reading. Both Patty and Frank enjoyed being together and being with the family. After many long hours at the hospital, Patty was the person who always encouraged and helped family and friends recover from an illness or accident. She was a very compassionate, caring, Christian lady.
Patty is survived by her husband, Frank; children, Sheryl and Mike McKeel, Steven and Stephanie Collins, and Susan and William LaFollette; grandchildren, Laura Collins, Joseph LaFollette, Beth Collins, and Brittany LaFollette; brothers, Marshall Mitchell, Leon Mitchell; sister-in-law, Mrs. Myrna Mitchell; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ronald Mitchell.
The service of praise and thanksgiving for the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ for Mrs. Collins will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Rockford Baptist Church with Pastor Larry Rowland officiating. Interment will be in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Rockford Baptist Church Mission Fund or Gideons International. Relatives and friends may gather at the Pederson Funeral Home from
2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday.
Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.