Eileen Marie Collins, 77, went home to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday October 9, 2013. Mrs. Collins was a native and lifelong resident of Colorado Springs, CO. She was extremely proud of her Irish heritage and was thankful for her large family and many relatives.
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Mrs. Collins is survived by her husband of 57 years Charles Collins, her children including her sons; Dan Collins, Jim Collins and Paul Collins whom all reside in the Pikes Peak region, along with her daughter Julie Foster of Thornton, CO. Mrs. Collins is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Mrs. Collins was preceded in death by her parents James and Leo Keating and her sister Carolyn Arterbury. She is survived by her sisters Ann Fisher and Patty Robinson, along with numerous cousins
Mrs. Collins, had a distinguished career in the banking industry holding positions as Loan Officer and Branch Manager at various locations in Colorado Springs including Pikes Peak National Bank, Air Academy Federal Credit Union and Ent Federal Credit Union. She and her husband Chuck also were entrepreneur's and longtime owners of the 11 Mile General Store in Lake George, CO. She thrived in her role as owner and adviser too many angler's whom sought her advice.
Eileen was an absolute inspiration to her family, friends and countless strangers she assisted in her life. Eileen loved to laugh and spend time with her family. She was a master story teller and a reliable source of local history for many.
Visitation will be Tuesday, October 15, 2013 from 5:00 - 7:30 P.M. at Swan Law, followed by a Rosary at 7:30. Catholic Mass celebrating her life will be held Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 10:00 A.M.
Published in The Gazette from Oct. 12 to Oct. 15, 2013