Aug. 12, 1917 - Dec. 27, 2012
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Elsie B. Collier passed away on Dec. 27, 2012. Elsie spent her childhood years on the banks of Solano County's Alamo Creek, the daughter of Homer and Gladys Bolter. Until her dying day she kept an old black and white Kodak of the original Vacaville High School pinned to her refrigerator door. She was a proud graduate and a shy scholar in her own right. Graduating at the height of the Great Depression, her first job was at the old Swiss Creamery on Vacaville's Main Street. She subsequently married a young farmer, Arnold Collier of Dixon and moved to a farm on the famously pot-holed Runge Road in the Tremont Township. In her younger days she was an avid hiker and camper….from cooking her famous hunting chow at the Georgetown cabin to viewing Princess Alexandra Falls in the black spruce wilds of the Northwest Territories. After Arnold retired from farming, Elsie put dog-ears on both her newly minted passport and her old faithful Carnegie Library card.
She was endlessly encouraging and supporting of her three children, Diane Fuller of Yuba City, Rod Collier of Tennessee and of course Scott who died in an accident at age 31. Many of her prime retirement years were dedicated to ushering Scott's three children up and out into the wider world. Elsie's refrigerator always had plenty of mac-n-cheese and rocky road ice cream to welcome them into her kitchen. Her sunny patio was ever ready for the many friends and neighbors who dropped by. Here the ever handy Arnold cut holes through the eaves so Elsie's cactus could bloom skyward.
Elsie was involved with P.T.A., Dixon Improvement Club, Eastern Star, Rainbow Girls, and Bridge Club.
She is survived by her husband of 75 years, Arnold Collier; her two children, Diane Fuller and Rod Collier; eight grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her son, Scott Collier.
Above all we want to acknowledge and praise "our right hand", as Arnold puts it, Kara and her husband Joe for competent and special care and our Figian family and Figian nation of Northern California.
Services will be held at United Methodist Church, 209 N. Jefferson in Dixon on Jan. 5 at 11 a.m.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to your favorite charities or to Dixon United Methodist Church in Else's name. Send condolences to Collier residence, 116 S. Eighth St., Dixon, CA 95620.
Published in The Reporter on Jan. 4, 2013