Mary Ann Miller Collins, 58, of Jesup, formerly of Baxley, passed away Friday, January 17, 2014, at St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital in Savannah.
She was born March 22, 1955 in Baxley to the late Joseph Miller Jr. and Gladys Calhoun Collins. She attended the schools of Appling County and graduated in 1975 from Appling County High. She was employed as a packer for King and Prince Seafood Processing Company.
Earlier in life, she was married and to that union, two daughters were born, Tara Renee Stevens and Jameika Brena Stevens, both of Woodbine. Later in life, she met and married Phillip Collins, and remained in that union until her earthly departure.
Preceding her in death were her parents, grandparents, Moses and Sallie Miller, and a brother, Daniel Miller.
Left to cherish her memories are a devoted husband, Phillip Collins, Jesup; two daughters, Tara Renee Stevens and Jameika Brena Stevens, both of Woodbine; a sister, Mary Ann (Pete) Smith, Tampa, FL; five brothers, H.L. (Lanira) Miller, Columbia, SC, Joseph Miller Jr., Baxley, Elex (Jackie) Miller, Savannah, Lee Artis (Kim) Williams, Baxley and Wendal (Laricia) Williams, Atlanta; step-brothers, Riley Collins, Ray Collins and Micahel Collins; seven aunts, Mildred Cain, Glennville, Betty Richardson, Almaree Miller, Betty Miller and Lynette Holmes, all of Baxley; Nora Lee Calhoun, Ludowici and Elouise Taylor, Waycross; uncles, Roosevelt Calhoun, Ft. Pierce, FL, Warren (Charlene) Calhoun, Cobbtown, Willard Jackson and Gregory (Sadie) Russell, all of Baxley; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Carolyn (Kenneth) Glover, Joe (Angela) Hansley Sr., Patricia (Earl) Jones, Brenda Hansley, Johnnie Lee Hansley, Tim Hansley, Glenn Hansley, Josephine Collins, Blackshear, Mary A. Dickens and Shirlely (Freddie) Taylor, both of Jesup, Alzener (William) Gray, Blackshear, Edsel (Dorothy) Collins, Blackshear and Jimmie Macklin, Waycross; god-father, Bishop Moses Lewis, god-mother, Kerry Mitchell; best friend, Susie Favors and a host of nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the funeral home, 505 Ware Street.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, from the First African Baptist Church, 154 Comas Street, Baxley. The Rev. J.M. Blair is the pastor and Bishop Moses Lewis will bring words of comfort.
Interment will follow in Old Field Memorial Garden in Baxley.
She will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. until the funeral hour.
The family is receiving friends at the home of her aunt, Betty Richardson, 286 West Allen Street, Baxley.
The cortege will assemble at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at 286 West Allen Street, Baxley.
Rainge Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Blackshear was in charge of arrangements.