COLLINS, Jean Elaine

With sorrow, the family of Elaine Collins announces her passing on Saturday, March 5th, 2022. Elaine was 89 years of age. She is survived by her daughters Susan Duff & Alison Collins (Gordon Amos), her loving grandsons Danton Duff & Easton Amos; and her loving extended family & friends. She was predeceased by her dear husband George, her parents Henry & Ina Hodgins & her sister Shirley Sefton.

Mom was born in Regina, Saskatchewan & also spent time growing up in Tisdale, Wadena & Carlisle, Saskatchewan. She met her loving husband under the roof of General Motors Acceptance Corporation in the accounting department & soon entered into marital bliss right from the start. They were married for 53 wonderful years. For mom & dad, the ‘GM gang were always on the run, going to parties, dances & special events & just spending a lot of fun times together’. As a family, we lived primarily in Regina & Winnipeg; with om & dad ending up together in Edmonton where dad retired. All along their life-path together, they were surrounded by an incredible extended family base.

Mom was primarily a stay-at-home mom; with dad on the road working for GM, until he moved into an office setting. She had 2 active daughters with different interests who were raised in a very loving home. Mom ventured back out into the work force once her daughters were older & worked in a variety of jobs which drew her interest. Elaine was a fund-raiser, a volunteer & a long-time member of the United Church. With her professional experience for a number of years in the 60’s with the Hewetts, mom was always a member of her church choir, right up until she was in her late 80’s. She also played the piano very well and her family would always hear her practicing with it while she prepared for the Sunday services.

Mom was also quite an athlete. Growing up it’s more than likely she was on any & all the sports teams (certainly baseball factored prominently). She played tennis, she loved golfing, and had exceptional talent on the curling ice. Mom was on the winning Alberta Provincial Masters team playing third out of the Crestwood Curling Club in 1996 (&has a rock there in her name); and curled in any city in which she was living at the time. She also was on any & all social committees with the various sports she played, as mom could set any one of her poems to any song tune & just had a knack for knowing how to throw a great party.

Mom was also a very accomplished crafter. She enjoyed paper tole, cross-stitch, she did calligraphy & ended her crafting doing tatting & making her own greeting cards. She loved an excellent game of cards and always played a game of crib with dad (once he retired) before starting supper. The books she read (one right after the other) were too numerous to count, and could always recommend a great read.

Mom has kept & nurtured too many friendships & pals too numerous to mention; from childhood friendships to her curling days, to her Winnipeg & Edmonton galpals, to her Sherwood Park connections. All her friends knew her to be kind & caring, loving & faithful, true & supportive & just a great person to have in their corner.

A ‘Celebration of Life’ will follow at a summer date, to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Elaine can be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation or the Heart & Stroke Foundation. The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude for the tender care & compassion of family & friends; and anyone who was a blessing on her final journey.

Serenity Funeral Service – South
780 450 0101

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Carolyn McKenzie

I met Elaine when I became a member of Trinity United Church , I got to know her best when we worked at the Book table at the New to You sales .Then we started a book group and you could count on Elaine to have great titles to read and discuss .She introduced me to the author Louise Penny which I am so grateful for .My sympathy goes out to all her family at this time

Yvonne huls

So sorry to hear of Elaine’s passing. She was greatly missed when she moved to Sherwood park, but will never been forgotten.

Audrey Tibbs

There are no words to describe how saddened I am with the passing of my dear friend. I knew Elaine for many years through curling & then I moved in across the hall in the condo bldg which is where we became what I would call “besties”. When she moved to Sherwood Park it was a huge hole in my heart but we remained friends & did meet at Southgate for lunches. We never lost touch & had many long phone chats often. So many happy memories of Elaine. My sympathies go out to Susan & Alison at this sad time. Audrey Tibbs

Doris Ritter

We were so saddened to hear of Aunt Elaine’s passing as she was truly “one of the greats”.
There was always a guarantee of fun and laughter when in her company which has left me with so many fond memories of her and Uncle George. You’ve written a lovely tribute to your mom and chosen just the right words to describe the kind , talented and charming person she was. I know she will be missed by all who knew her.
Our condolences, Doris and Orrin

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