Mary C. Collins of Scranton and Glenburn, died Monday at Regional Hospital of Scranton. She was the widow of Russell E. Collins Jr., who died April 15, 2008. The couple had been married more than 50 years.
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Born in Scranton on July 22, 1924, daughter of the late Michael and Theresa Kingdom Connerton, she was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Church. She worked beside her husband, Russell, in his accounting practice until his retirement. She graduated from St. John the Evangelist High School and Lackawanna Business College, and later attended the University of Scranton. Earlier, when entertainment was live on the radio, Mary could be heard singing Pepsi Cola commercials on WARM Radio.
She loved her family and enjoyed spending time in Canada every summer with her children and grandchildren, creating lifelong special memories, especially looking forward to boating with her family.
Surviving are a son, Russell E. Collins III and wife, Karin, Scranton; five daughters, Dorothy Nally and husband, Jim, Tunkhannock; Marcie Ewasko and husband, Tony "Butch," Casselberry, Fla.; Lucille Ims and husband, Ed, Glenburn; Laurie Klein and husband, Jim, Clarks Summit; and Mary Louise Baxley and husband, Hal, Winter Springs, Fla.; two brothers, Robert Connerton and wife, Phillis Pane; and John Connerton and wife, Rose Ellen, both of Maryland; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph and Gerard Connerton.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 11:30 a.m. from St. Benedict's Church, Newton-Ransom Boulevard, Newton Twp. Interment, Hickory Grove Cemetery. Those attending the Mass are asked to go directly to the church.
Friends may call Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m., at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gino Merli Recreation Fund, 401 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA 18503. For directions or to sign the online guestbook, go to www.lawrenceeyoungfu neralhome.com.
Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home
418 S. State St.
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
Published in Scranton Times on May 1, 2013