Karen Louise Collins

Born January 31, 1945

Karen Collins

1945 - 2014

Karen Collins, 69, a gift from God, peacefully passed away at 11:50 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, in Redding, surrounded by her family.

Karen was born in 1945 in Berkeley, CA. She faithfully worked alongside her husband, Rich Collins, at Collins Insulation from 1981 until her retirement in 2011.

She was a talented artist and musician. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, whether baking with them, attending school functions or sporting events. She loved her family and grandchildren above all else. She had complete faith in Jesus Christ and lived by his word.

Karen is survived by her husband of 50 years, Richard Collins; children Kristine & Mike Callahan, Rich & Michele Collins; grandchildren Samuel Ornelas, Joseph Ornelas, Jake Collins, Paige Collins; sisters Linda & Reynold Obrestad, Lonna & Dave McGregor; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

A celebration of her life will immediately follow at Westside Church.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Karen Collins to Westside Church of Redding.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 12, 2014
  • Graveside Service Saturday, April 12, 2014

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Peg & Tim McGuire

April 11, 2014

The Collins family became a part of our family when my husband, Tim, began working there in 1992. There are few employers that have a significant impact in such a deep and lasting way. Karen and Rich made Collins a true family. I have so many fond memories of company picnics and the legendary Christmas parties - Karen brought everything to life with her graciousness and warm smile. It has been some time since we have seen Karen and Rich, but they have held a warm place in our hearts. May God bless their family and bring them peace during this difficult time. Rest in peace, beautiful Karen Collins