Janice Elaine COLLINS

June 14, 1941March 11, 2019

Janice Elaine Starkey Collins

Born June 14, 1941 in Fresno, California Went to be with our Lord Jesus on March 11, 2019

Janice was born to Orval and June Starkey. She had six siblings: Victor, Margaret, Arthur, Carol, Chet, and Gayle. She is survived by her loving husband of 60 years Richard Collins, sons Randy, Eddie, Tim and daughter Misty, daughter in law Dawn, Grandchildren Nichole, Bethany, Travis, Brooke, Ashley, John, Amy and 11 Great Grand Children. Janice met Richard, the love of her life at Sierra High School in 1957. These High School Sweethearts married January 31, 1959, loved, and cared for each other for 60 years. Their first child Rodney passed away at 5 weeks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome on October 6, 1959. Janice worked as a Chef at many restaurants in North Fork, Oakhurst, Coarsegold, and Bass Lake. Prior to becoming Cafeteria Manager at North for School for 27 years, a job she loved. She cooked home-style breakfast and lunches for many children over the years. Richard and Janice were members of Assembly of God Church for 20 years where they blessed their children with a Christian Life. Janice had several hobbies including crocheting, crafts, and making porcelain dolls. Her handmade dolls range in size from 1 inch to 5 foot 10 inches. She beautifully hand painted and dressed them in her favorite styles. Janice survived Breast Cancer for 29 years, heart valve replacement and numerous strokes. She was a courageous and strong woman, physically and mentally. She was completely and unselfishly dedicated to her family. She cherished her husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was so happy when she was around family, Christmas time was her favorite time of year especially for her and dad to spoil the children, and it gave them such joy and happiness. After retirement Janice took on another role of raising three of her great grandchildren, she stayed very active with her great grandchildren and gardening. She loved working in the yard. Planting flowers and pulling weeds, was one of her man joys in life. Another joy was talking for hours on the phone with her siblings. Janice was an amazing woman, with many talents. She was strong in her morals, convictions and fairness. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, mother in law and friend. She will be missed and cherished for many years to come, when we talk of her and tell those stories we all have and hold in our hearts, so that she will live on for those in our family that will never get to know her.


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Janice Elaine COLLINS

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Mike and Debbie Pacini

March 20, 2019

Our deepest sympathy to your entire family.

Pam Bilyeu ( Padgett/Knight)

March 15, 2019

Sending our prayers and love to the family. Your mom was my first cousin. Im praying for each one of you to be able to find peace and to know she is at rest, with Jesus our Saviour. Memories of her are that she loved children:) Pam&Ken Bilyeu (Padgett/Knight)

Courtney Woods

March 14, 2019

I just remember she was always smiling and she loved her coffee. The trips to North Fork to visit Aunt Janice were childhood memories I'll forever cherish. She always made you feel like she was so genuinely happy to see you. She told great stories and she was a great listener. I will miss her and keep her in my heart forever.

Gena Fabris

March 14, 2019

To the entire Collins family,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I know there are no words that can comfort you but knowing that Janice is walking with Jesus may help in the darkest moments. I have so many wonderful memories growing up with all of you. You're all in my prayers!


Kristi Leggitt

March 12, 2019

Dear Uncle Richard, Randy, Eddie, Tim, Misty, and your children and grandchildren,

My heart breaks for you all this morning! I know the pain of losing my mom and the huge void it left in my heart and my life. But I have learned that your Mom will forever be in your hearts and never really leaves your life. She will always be with you in spirit and her love will always guide you. She is now with the Lord without pain or suffering and you will see her again someday! The pain is so severe that it seems it will never fade so I pray that God will bring you peace and comfort Her memories will always be close to your hearts. Of course there is nothing that can replace her or even compare to her presence....but your love for her will carry you through this very difficult time and God will bring you peace as you trust Him. He does have a plan and it is a good plan even when it hurts He is there to carry you through. I love you all so much. And I am so glad that I have been blessed to be apart of your family.
I will never forget your Mom packing all us kids in her little dark red corvair, stopping at the little store and buying us seven up and peppermint sticks before flying up the mountain road to your house!!!! It was family, it was us with her in a special moment that will always bring joy to my heart! Love Kristi