Vivian ""Nan"" Olive Collins, 88, of Williamsburg, for the past fourteen years, was peacefully passed away on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, in the home of her daughter Sandy, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on July 28, 1923 in Bayshore, N.Y., to the late Florence Marie Jackson and Fredrick Jackson. She was later adopted by her stepfather, the late Wallace Frazier, and was raised as Vivian Jackson Frazier.
She spent her childhood and most of her adult life in Amityville, Long Island, N.Y. As a young child, she was baptized at Bethel AME Church in Amityville, where she was awarded Certificates of Perfect Attendance by the Sunday School Union. She was also a member of the Long Island Girls Reserves, a member of the Young Adult Choir. She was also a drum majorette, and co-founder of The North Amityville Music Makers Drum & Bugle Corp New York. She attended public schools in Amityville, N.Y. After finishing school, she worked many years as a silk finisher.
In 1942, she met and married her classmate, the late Everett John Collins, Sr. Unto this union, six children were born. Two of her children, Shirley and Evette Collins, predeceased her as infants. She also raised and cared for over thirty foster children, for which she received a proclamation from the Suffolk County, N.Y., legislator, Maxine Postal. In August of 1992, Mr. and Mrs. Collins received a Proclamation from the President of the United States, commemorating them for fifty years of Holy Matrimony. Nan set the example of what a good matriarch, wife, mother, and grandmother should be.
She was predeceased by her brothers and sisters, Arlene Deloney, Emerson Jackson, Wallace Frazier, Lillian Frazier and Shirley Frazier.
She is survived by her children, Saundra Collins Simmons (Gerald), Evette Collins Jemerson (Robert, deceased), Everett John Collins, Jr. (Zelda), and Andre Errol Collins (Felicia). In addition to her children, she leaves to mourn her blessed memories a host of grandchildren, Gerald Simmons, Jr. (Lisa P.), Angela M. Simmons (Lawrence Parrott), Monica D. Simmons, Julian Simmons (Lisa M.), Vivian Collins, Eugenia Collins, Robert Jemerson (Maureen), Alexis Collins, Donnis Collins, Everett Collins, III, Candis Collins, Melissa Collins, Dylan Collins, Jacob Collins, Samantha Collins, Morgan Collins and the late Lavelle Collins and Marcus Collins. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Chad, Vanessa, Kayla, Meah, Alex, Melisa, Trae, Anastasia and Maia Hamm; and a great- great-granddaughter, Lalia; and siblings, Betty Frisby, Pauline Frazier, and Alphonso Frazier (Mary), all of New York; and her Godson, Wallace ""Wally"" Frazier, of Georgia.
She was affectionately known as Nan, or fondly called Midge and Aunt Meme by many, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
A funeral service, celebrating the life she lived, will be held 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, in St. John Baptist Church with Rev. Walter Hudson officiating. Family and friends will assemble at 106 Sharps Lane by 10 a.m. on Thursday. Mrs. Collins may be viewed only in the church on Thursday, beginning at 9 a.m., until the hour of her service. Professional service entrusted to the staff of Whiting's Funeral Home, 7005 Pocahontas Trail, Williamsburg. 757-229-3011.
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