Helen Elizabeth Little Collins was born October 23, 1922 in Bartlesville, OK to Bertha Ruth (French) Little and Frank Hamilton Little. She was raised in the Ramona, OK area where her father was a pioneer rancher.
Elizabeth was educated in the Ramona schools, graduating from high school in 1940 and then attending Bartlesville Junior College for one semester before entering St. John's Hospital School of Nursing in Tulsa. She graduated as a registered nurse and entered the Army Nurse Corps. She served in France and Germany with the 123rd Evacuation Hospital during World War II and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant in March 1946.
While serving in the Army Nurse Corps, she met Frederick Lindsay Collins who she married in 1946 and they made their homes in New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Louisiana before returning to Oklahoma in 1955.
In 1973 Elizabeth established Wool 'n Things needlework shop in Bartlesville and operated it until her retirement in 1988. After retirement, she began a 15 year association with Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, serving in various capacities in the Gillies volunteer organization. Mrs. Collins loved her community of Ramona and was very active in the acquisition and renovation of the old bank building which is now the Senior Community Building in addition to numerous other civic activities.
Helen Elizabeth Little Collins is survived by son Frederick Lindsay Collins, Jr. of Kerrville, Tx, daughter Elizabeth Collins Hott (husband Tom) of Houston, TX, grandchildren Martha Elizabeth Hott and Andrew Lindsay Hott (wife Ashley), great grandson Andrew Lindsay Hott, Jr., nieces Annie Moore, Terry Holtz, & Holly Adcock of Ramona and many loving friends. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1981.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests you donate to Ramona Medical Foundation, Hospice of Green Country or the charity of your choice . Cremation arrangements were under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory. Friends who wish may sign the online guestbook and leave condolence at www.stumpff.org
Memorial services 10:00 AM, Saturday at the Ramona Cemetery with Father Lee Stephens of the St. Luke's Episcopal Church officiation.
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