Shirley Marie Collins

April 28, 1941September 6, 2021

Shirley Marie Collins, age 80, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 6, 2021, at her home in Austin, Texas and now is with God. She was born April 28, 1941, in Belleville, IL, to James Ardell and Lilly Pearl Underwood (Sculley). She was a 1958 graduate of Belleville West High School. She married TSGT Dana L. Collins (USAF –RET.) on September 1, 1973, in Las Vegas, NV. Due to the travelling lifestyle of a military spouse, she worked as a beautician and bus driver nationally and internationally. Shirley was proud that, as a farm girl from rural Belleville, she was able to travel the world. She was quick to make friends and keep in touch with them over time and distance. Her fondest childhood memory was playing in the woods behind the family farm with her younger brothers. Living in Thailand and Germany, as well as the beautiful states of Alaska and Arizona were her most treasured memories.

Shirley had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way, often “adopting” them into her family. Her heart swooned over little babies and loved being called Grandma (Gandma) Shirley by everybody. She is survived by her husband; Dana Collins, three brothers; Melvin (Rose) Underwood, Joseph (Michelle) Underwood, and Charles (Ava) Schmidt, four children; Raul (Carmen) Butland, Lisa (Gary) Gould, Mark Butland, and Sherrie (Daniel) Connell, as well as seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren; and of course her numerous loving hillbilly cousins and her favorite uncle Buddy.

Just days before she passed she reflected on what a great and wild ride her life had been! The family asks of those who wish to honor her memory that you donate in her name to any charitable organization of your choice.


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Raul Butland

October 3, 2021

I would call my mom every day on my long commute home from Austin. We would talk about the items of the day, and act a little silly. When I safely arrived home, mom would say: "I delivered you again, son!" Mom claimed that talking to me was the highlight of her day. I know this is true because she would wait by the phone for my call and chew me out if I missed a day. Little did she know it was the highlight of my day also. Now I drive home and feel lost. However, I am at peace knowing that when my time comes, my mom will be there to deliver me again. I miss you mom.