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Obituary: Shirley Willis Collins 

Published March 23, 2015 at 8:18 a.m. | Updated September 6, 2019 at 11:15 a.m.

Shirley Willis Collins, age 92 years, a native of Westfield and more recently of Swanton died March 20, 2015 at the Northwestern Medical Center following a brief illness.

Born in Westfield on, April 1, 1922, she was the daughter of Ray and Helen (Taylor) Willis. She attended Westfield and Troy Graded Schools and Newport Center High School. On February 24, 1940, she married Elroy H. “Tom” Collins who predeceased her on April 22, 2001.

Shirley was a lifelong parishioner of the Westfield Congregational Church. During her thirty years living in Lowell, she was an active member of the Lowell United Church Ladies Aid Society and the Lowell Graded School PTA. After moving to Morrisville, she became a member of the Copley Hospital Auxiliary and a longtime volunteer in the Copley Hospital Thrift Shop.

Survivors include two sons and their wives, Donald and Susan Collins of Swanton, with whom she made her home, and Russell and Therese Collins of Fairlee; a daughter Linda Jackman of Colchester; grandchildren and their spouses, Stephanie and Patrick Phillips, Gary and Ammie Collins, Kristina and David Collins, Brian and Lourdes Collins, Greg and Jennifer Collins and Tom and Sam Jackman; great grandchildren, Troy, Tara, McKenzie, Matthew, Alexis, Connor, Kennedy, Addison, Campbell and Beckett Collins as well as Kieran Phillips and Noella Jackman; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Marion Myott, Hilda and Yves Daigle and Beverly and Everett Hisman and a brother and sister-in-law, Milton and Annette Willis all of Westfield as well as several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, Tom of 61 years, she was predeceased by a brother, Harold Willis in 1979.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Franklin County Home Health for their services.

A funeral service will be held on March 27 at 2 p.m. from The Kidder Memorial Home, 89 Grand Avenue, Swanton. The Reverend Charles Purinton, interim pastor of the Saint Albans Congregational Church, will officiate. Interment will take place in the spring at the Collins family lot in the Westfield Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home on March 27 from 1:p.m. until the time of the service.

In Lieu of flowers gifts in Mrs. Collins’ memory may be made to Missisquoi Valley Rescue, P. O. Box 22, Swanton, VT 05488.

This obituary was originally published on, which ceased operation in September 2019. The death notice is archived on this website with the permission of the publisher.
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