Anne Frances Collins

October 19, 1939November 19, 2011

LUDLOW-VT Anne F. "Nancy" (Smith) Collins, 72, of Ludlow,Vermont, died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, November 19, 2011. She was born in Springfield, MA on October 19, 1939, daughter of Francis M. and Anne (Shea) Smith. Nancy was a graduate of Commerce High School with the class of 1957, and American International College in 1959.

Mrs. Collins was employed as an executive secretary at John H. Breck, Inc. on Dwight Street in Springfield, MA. She married John J. "Jack" Collins, Jr. on September 30, 1961. In 1965, she and her husband were transferred to Wayne, New Jersey before coming to Ludlow in 1972. She was a communicant of the Church of the Annunciation, in Ludlow, where she embraced with fervor Christ's spirit of love and respect for all people. She enjoyed traveling and meeting people from many different vocations in life.

Nancy cherished being with family and many friends, and always left people feeling better for having interacted with her. In addition to her husband, Jack, she is survived by two sons, John J. "Jack" Collins, III of Ludlow, VT; and Peter F. Collins and his wife, Raye Lin of Mt. Holly; two daughters, Susan A. DeVarney and her husband James of Austin, Texas; and Margaret A. Ferro and her husband Richard of Milton, VT; and her six grandchildren: Melissa and Patrick DeVarney, Alyssa, Kateri and Morgan Collins, and Michael Ferro; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Adams Funeral Home, 12 Meadow Street, Ludlow, VT on Friday, November 25, 2011 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Annunciation in Ludlow. Burial will follow in Pleasant View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Supporting Our Aging Religious (SOAR) PO Box 96409 Washington D.C. 20090-6409 or to Vermont Visiting Nurses Association, 1 Hospital Court Bellows Falls, Vermont 05101-1489


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May 6, 2012

Duncan Wall of Yarmouthport, MA. researching his own ties to Smith-Collins lines, encountered your obit for Nancy while browsing the net, My condolences for your loss.

Sheila & Dave Duffy

November 28, 2011

Nancy will always have a special place in our hearts. She always made us feel warm and comfy like one of her wrapagans. We will cherish our memories...
Love to all the Collins' family and God Bless.

November 27, 2011

Our deepest sympathy to the Collins Family from the "Committee of the Class Reunion, Class of 1957 High School of Commerce"

rich russo

November 26, 2011

we are sorry to hear Nancy is no longer here but she will be remembered always.... a lovely lady.
with sympathy, rich russo and barbara storrs

Sarah Clark

November 26, 2011

Our deepest condolences to your family.

Sarah Clark, Richard Barton & Ethan Swan

Theresa McNamara

November 25, 2011

"A Quiet strength and a twinkle in her eye." You will be missed.

Terri McNamara

Jan Sherer

November 25, 2011

Jack and Family.....I am so very sorry to hear about Nancy.....Bill and I have shared many special moments wth you over the years an she will be missed terribly.

November 25, 2011

My deepest condolences to your family.
David vanGuilder

November 24, 2011


November 24, 2011

I am so sad to read of Nancy's passing. She loved her family very much and the loss will be felt by many. Our deepest sympathies to all. Jack, our special prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Judy & Norm Spaulding