Susie Collins, 72, peacefully slipped away in Palm Springs on September 26, with her husband Bob by her side. She was born in Pomona on March 20, 1941, the first of four children, to a news reporter/guitarist Harrison Stephens, and a female pilot/singer Doris Landrum, who met while he was on a story assignment about her. After high school, Susie attended U.C.L.A. and Cal Poly. She married Steven Reeder of Redlands, and raised two sons in Banning, where she taught school for a few years. After the marriage ended, she became an escrow officer for nearly the rest of her life, moving to the desert, and working all over Southern California. In 1984, she met Bob Collins, who became the love of her life, they celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary this year. They made many friends together, teaching Western dancing in the desert, where she was active in the community, and served with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians on the Tribal Planning Commission. Eventually, they moved to the Big Bear Lake area, where she was very active in the community through many organizations, including poetry and music groups, the Wyatt Posse, The Spiritual Center, and various fundraising committees. She took a break from the office world for a few years, and with her husband Bob, enjoyed an adventurous stint driving big rigs all over the U.S. before returning to the escrow and title business, which kept her very busy until her retirement just a few months ago. She is survived by her husband Bob Collins of Palm Springs, her father Harrison Stephens of Claremont, brothers Don Stephens of Moraga and David Hulse-Stephens of Willits, sister Sally Reeder of Oxnard, her sons Stephen Reeder of Morro Bay and Scott Reeder of Banning, their respective spouses and many nieces and nephews and their children; and on Bob's side, two daughters, Terri Preston of South Wales and Laura Collins-Harling of Cathedral City, and son Michael Collins of Cathedral City, as well as their spouses, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A celebration of Susie's life will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at Indian Canyons Golf Resort in Palm Springs, at the North Course Clubhouse at 5 p.m., at 1100 East Murray Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California, 92264.
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Published in The Desert Sun on Oct. 3, 2013