LUDLOW - Anne F. "Nancy" (Smith) Collins, 72, of Ludlow, died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, November 19, 2011.
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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; and Peter F. Collins and his wife, Raye Lin of Mount 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 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, November 26, 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, VT 05101-1489.
Published in Rutland Herald from Nov. 22 to Nov. 23, 2011