PRINCETON — Winifred Ann "Winnie" (Johnson) Collins passed away Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Silverado Senior Living in Sugar Land, Texas.
Winnie was born on May 26, 1929, in Princeton to Homer and Darlene (Sanden) Johnson. She graduated valedictorian from Bureau Township High School in 1947. She attended Bradley University in Peoria, where she met her husband, Franklin H. Collins Jr. They married Oct. 14, 1950, in Tiskilwa. She supported Frank during his service with the military and his 41-year career with the Boy Scouts of America. During that time, they moved many times and enjoyed living in California, Illinois, Wisconsin, New Jersey, New York and Texas. They were members of the First Baptist Church wherever they lived.
Winnie was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; an infant son, Jeffrey Lee; her parents; and two brothers, Gail and John B. Johnson.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Laurinda C. and Brad Lankford of Houston, Texas; a brother and sister-in-law, Donald H. and Sharon Johnson; three sisters-in-law, Jeanne Johnson and Marjorie Johnson, all of Princeton, and Shirley Martin of Joliet; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in the Elm Lawn Memorial Chapel in Princeton with the Rev. Aaron Jackson officiating. There will be no visitation.
Memorial donations may be made payable to Baylor College of Medicine and mailed to the Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Center, c/o BCM Office of Development, MSC #800, P.O. Box 4976, Houston, TX 77210.
The Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.