Mary Elizabeth Strong Collins

July 12, 1918April 11, 2018

Mary S. Collins, age 99, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Beloved wife of Hugh L. Homer Collins for 65 years who preceded her in death. Mother of Hugh M. Collins (Sheila O’Donnell Collins); William Burke Collins (Margarita Torres); Elizabeth Collins Griffith (Oscar F. Griffith III) and Michael Anthony Collins. Grandmother of seven and Great grandmother of five. Daughter of the late William Washington Strong and Augusta Burke Strong. After completing school, Mrs. Collins worked as the executive assistant to the president of the American National Bank and Trust Company of Mobile, Alabama. She had a love for history and travel, which she instilled into her children. One of her favorite adventures was traveling to Havana, Cuba by banana boat prior to World War II and staying at the world famous Hotel Nacional. She was a war bride, marrying her husband Hugh Collins in 1943 at the base chapel on Naval Air Station Norfolk. She was a strong woman who lived through the Depression, World War II, and raised four successful children with her husband Hugh. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Service on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at LAKE LAWN METAIRIE FUNERAL HOME, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, (in Metairie Cemetery). Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Fleet and Family Support Center, 7928 14th St., Bldg. SDA - 344, Suite 238, Norfolk, VA 23505-1299, (757) 322-3134 or (757) 322-1171. To sign and view the Family Guestbook, please visit


  • Visitation Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Memorial Mass Saturday, April 14, 2018

Mary Elizabeth Strong Collins

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April 14, 2018

My sincere condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort give you the comfort you need to endure this difficult time (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)