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Frances Jean Collins

September 3, 1929 ~ September 13, 2021 (age 92)


Mrs. Frances Jean Collins, age 92, of Carmel, IN, passed away at 10:17 p.m. Monday, September 13, 2021, at St. Vincent’s Hospital of Indianapolis, Indiana.

A Graveside Memorial Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 23, 2021, at the Brady Cemetery, East of Akin, with Rev. Ron Cremeens officiating. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery.  

Mrs. Collins wishes were to be cremated. Arrangements are with the Leffler Funeral Home of Benton.

Frances was born on September 3, 1929, in Akin, Illinois, the daughter of Chalon Hungate and Mary Ellen (Cardwell) Hungate.  She was married to Elmer Eugene “Rip” Collins, and he preceded her in death on January 31, 1989.

She was a retired retail salesclerk.

Mrs. Collins formerly attended the Akin Missionary Baptist Church.

She enjoyed the Hungate Historical Society, playing BINGO, arts and crafts, playing slot machines.

Through her husbands military service in World War II, and her sons time served in the Vietnam War; she was an active supporter of the V.F.W. and their Ladies Auxiliary.

Most of all she enjoyed her time spent and visiting with family.

Surviving is her son Kevin Collins and wife Gerda of Zionsville, IN; grandchildren: Jonathan David Collins of Indianapolis, Deborah Ruth Collins of Indianapolis, Scott Fenech, Theresa Ellenwood; great-grandchildren: Emmarie, Audra, Amanda, Megan and Alex; a brother: Randell Hungate and wife Carol Sue of Benton, IL; best friend Shirley Dial of Benton, IL; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons: Michael David Collins, Phillip Lee Collins; two sisters: Sandra Fay Hungate Skinner, Leatrice June Benedetto; and a great-granddaughter Lily Johanna Collins.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mrs. Frances Jean Collins, may be made to V.F.W. Auxiliary and will be accepted at the services, or can be mailed to the Leffler Funeral Home, 401 East Main Street, Benton, IL 62812.

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Graveside Service
September 23, 2021

11:00 AM
Brady Cemetery East of Akin

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