Edith LaVonne “Edie” Collins, 87, of Bettendorf and a former area resident, passed away peacefully Feb. 20 at the Iowa Masonic Health Facility after a long battle with COPD. God now has one of the most loving, caring and giving persons in the universe.
Edie was the daughter of Herman and Mabel Petker and was born in 1926 in Omaha, NE. After moving to Council Bluffs, where she was raised, Edie graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School and subsequently enrolled at Iowa State University. She completed a B.S. degree in Home Economics, majoring in Textiles and Clothing. Later in her career, Edie completed 18 hours of graduate work in Guidance and Counseling. While at ISU, she met her future husband, C. R. (Dick) Collins. They were married on April 8, 1950.
Edie taught high school English and Home Economics in Ottosen, Albion, and Minburn. She was very active in each community in which they lived and was especially committed to church volunteer work. She served on the Board of Directors of Dallas County Home Healthcare and was a Trustee on the Pastor Parish Relation committee at her church. She was initiated into P.E.O. in Chapter DE of Perry and continued to be active in P.E.O. throughout her life, both in her Iowa Chapter and in the chapter she later joined in Naples, Florida. She served as President of her chapter several times. Edie also enjoyed being part of a Questers organization in Naples. Her hobbies included bridge, sewing, reading, bowling and golf.
Edie is survived by her husband; children: Carol Collins of Minneapolis, MN, James Collins (Debra) of Sammamish, WA and Pamela Snyder of Bettendorf; grandchildren: Shawn Collins (Shanna) of Sammamish, Andrea Collins of Ballard, WA, Nicholas Snyder (Lauren) of Chicago, IL and Richard Snyder of Minneapolis; step-grandchildren: Thomas Snyder, Jr. (Susie), Moline, IL, Sean Snyder, Round Rock, TX and great-granddaughter Ellie Collins of Sammamish.
She is preceded in death by her parents, brother and sister.
Visitation for Edith Lavonne Petker Collins will be held from 2-4 p.m. March 2 at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport, with a Celebration of Life service immediately following. In accordance with her wishes, cremation services have been performed. Inurnment will be in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Marshalltown at a later date. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the COPD Foundation.
Weerts Funeral Home in Davenport assisted the family with arrangements, 563-355-4433, www.weertsfh.com