Constance E. Collins
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Constance E. "Connie" Collins, 54, of Harrisburg, transitioned into eternal life on Sunday, March 22, 2020. She was born in Harrisburg, daughter of the late Leroy and Nannie (Pendleton) Brown, a graduate of the former John Harris High School, an employee of McNeese, Wallace and Nurick Law Firm, a member of Mt. Zion Church of God in Christ, where she served as the Minister of Music. Constance was the widow of Ajay Collins and leaves to celebrate her life, her daughters, Stephanie D. Mitchell (Joe), CaSondra L. Harper and Jacqueline N. Harper; her sisters, Sarah C. Henderson (Mark) and Diane Jenkins; her brothers, Leroy, Michael and Franklin L. Brown; her nine grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Sister Collins' Family will celebrate her life with a private viewing and funeral in the Sanctuary of her Church followed by burial in Paxtang Cemetery. Depending on the State of the Nation, there will be a Community Memorial Service on May 23 for the friends and Church Community to celebrate Sister Collins' life. Arrangements entrusted to the Ministry of Comfort of Major H. Winfield Funeral Home, Steelton, www.majorhwinfieldfuneralhome.com www.pennlive.com/obits

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Published in Patriot-News from Mar. 25 to Mar. 26, 2020.
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April 2, 2020
What a true friend and a servant of the Kingdom of God . Never forget her spirit of Worship .
March 31, 2020
My childhood friend. We played jump rope, kick ball, ran track, played tennis and cheered! We had some great times and made some wonderful memories. Life took us in different directions but I always thought of Connie as my friend. My sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to Diane, Frankie and the entire Brown and Collins families! May you be granted comfort, peace, grace and mercy!
Lanette Jenkins-Hill
March 30, 2020
Still cant believe youre gone Sis! This has been and still is hard to embrace, but We know that God knows best, and makes no mistakes. We have over 30 years of fond memories to cherish and remember from church memories of singing, praising, and worshipping God together from our arrival to Harrisburg with our church choir and Leroy on the Sax, to personal family gatherings we shared together with our two growing families thru the years, as well as our GATFC family that God blessed us to Minister together in! You were a fire ball, a comedian, a disciplinarian, a no nonsense, loving, caring, giving person, as well as a friend and sister, and you WILL be missed! Sleep on my sister; Take your rest; we All truly loved and will miss you, But we know that God loved you best! To Steph, Saun, Jackie, Diane, and the entire Family we send our love and continued prayers! From your Gatling and GATFC Family❤❤
Karen Gatling
Family
March 29, 2020
I have known this young lady since her childhood. She was very good friends with my daughter, and we love her much. It makes my heart heavy to know that she won't be here sharing that beautiful voice that would only uplift ones spirit. She was respectful, kind and her laugh was infectious. Her spirit, Godly, for she loved the Lord. My family and I will miss her, but I believe deep in my soul that God has already given her an important heavenly assignment, she will be vital to the heavenly choir. Heaven has yet another asset to sound the cord of heavenly love throughout the heavens. To her family and children, how proud I know you are to have shared this wonderful, loving, kind and Godly woman with so many that fell in love with her spirit. I ask God to remove the sting of death from your hearts and allow you to only remember your mother, sister, grandmother the way she lived, "in Godly love."
Gloria Martin-Roberts
March 28, 2020
My deepest condolences to connies family so sorry for ur loss..prayers n comfort
Eleanor Knight
March 28, 2020
My heart is in disbelief I first met The Browns on Linden Street and we would always call each other cousins because we shared the same last name I will always remember you singing for the LORD I praying for strength and comfort during this time of need I Love Yall Family
Laverne Boulware
March 28, 2020
My condolences to the Brown/Collins family and friends. Keeping everyone in my prayers.

Connie was a beautiful person inside and out. We go back to Linden Street. She lived at one end and my grandparents lived at the other end. Later our families were both living out the Southside in Harrisburg PA.

Connie spread joy and laughter every where she went. She was full of love. She had a beautiful singing voice that would touch one's soul and heart.

Rest In Heavenly Peace my beautiful childhood friend. I know you are singing with the angels now.
Laurie Stroble
March 27, 2020
To the family, I am praying for comfort, strength and peace in your heart and mind. Connie's laughter, smile and kindness was contagious, her memories will live on forever. Such a beautiful and mighty women of God, a voice like none other! I am greatful that God placed her in my life, she will truly be missed! Until we meet again sis, I love you!
Cynthia Jones
Friend
March 27, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to Connies Family. Connie was always full of joy, fun and had a great sense of humor. Family - please know that God will provide you with the strength needed now and for days to come. She was an energetic Cheerleader for the Harrisburg Cougars and a spiritually blessed Cheerleader for God through her ministry of music. Rest well Connie.
Gina Finley
Friend
March 27, 2020
Rest In heavenly peace my sister classmate 83
Karen Steele
March 27, 2020
Sis Connie had a joyous powerful, and anointed spirit. Love you sis. ❤
Jennie Jenkins
March 27, 2020
You're with the lord now safe in his arms you could sing the roof of a church down I loved your powerful voice you was a giant like Jakye said you will be missed greatly and I will miss your singing down here now you're singing with the heavenly choirSleep In Peace
Theresa Thomas
March 27, 2020
To the family of my friend Connie, please know that I am deeply saddened at the loss of such a wonderful person. I had the pleasure of working with Connie and we became friends. I looked forward to hearing her laugh, see her smile and when I needed it, she would pray with me and gave the best hugs, always giving me encouraging words. I am so sorry for your loss, but God makes no mistakes and He picks the prettiest flowers from His garden. Please know that you all are in my prayers. I am asking God to give you the strength you need to get through this time.
Jackie Slade
March 27, 2020
Connie is singing with the heavenly host now... her voice was beautiful and so was she. Connie made it home.... everlasting peace..,. Praise Jesus!
Regina Dunbar
March 27, 2020
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March 27, 2020
I loved this lady so much. From her voice and smile to the way she loved God. She was an wonderful person all around. I will miss you until we meet again.
Amber Jackson
Family
March 27, 2020
You will be missed sis. No more suffering, no more pain, no more heartaches. May you rest in PEACE. I love you
Quilla Thomas
Friend
March 27, 2020
To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Love you sis, going to miss you!
Gina Johnson
Sister
March 27, 2020
I work at the firm that Connie worked at. While we weren't in the same department I had the pleasure of working with Connie a number of times. In every interaction with Connie she was a joy to be around. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts go out to your family.
Zach Wolfe
March 27, 2020
To: Diane and Family

Words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that I feel for Connie's passing. I believe that tears can heal, memories can comfort, and love lives on forever. Connie's good heart has touched so many lives, it can't help but live on in those it loved. Connie by the help of God's Spirit, vowed and declared that in lifecome what may, she will forever give God all the Praise. Someone as exceptional as Connie can never be forgotten. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Rom 15:13 NIV). Wishing you strength for today and hope for tomorrow.
Sandee Johnson
March 27, 2020
To Connies Family,

We are saddened to hear of the loss of a true Angel down hear on earth. Mark & I send our deepest condolences and prayers to you all during this difficult time.When we think of the Legacy Connie leaves behind to remember it would be to all with a beautiful voice, lovely smile and great Christian personality, family oriented, and a hard worker and believer in Our Savior Jesus Christ. Big heels to fill. she earned her wings. She will be truly missed but never ever forgotten. Diane my 84 Sistah hang in there & God Bless.

Truly,
Silvia & Mark Thompson
Harrisburg, PA
Silvia & Mark Thompson
March 26, 2020
Words can never truly express what a wonderful and special person Connie was for the John Harris Class of 1983. Her laugh is what I will cherish and remember of my classmate. May God comfort the many family members and her friends that grieve during this time. RIP Connie- remembered in prayer! Rest now my classmate of 83.
Shari Pollard
March 26, 2020
To the Family of Connie E. (Brown) Collins:

Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your loved one. Connie was a sweet young lady/woman. I met Connie in 1981 at John Harris. I remember that whenever I would see her in the halls she always had a smile on her face, even when she was upset. I am sure that she is still smiling, for her journey is complete. Connie will be sadly missed and gladly remembered.
Myron Varlow-Walters
March 26, 2020
Connie was created to praise

Heaven was preparing, excitement was overflowing,
The heavenly praisers just knew they were getting ready for a special praiser as they listened to the musician's horns blowing

While down here on earth we were grieving because a wonderful, mother, friend, aunt, sister, cousin was leaving us
A queen, an anointed saint, a holy woman of God true to her word, one whom you could always trust

Connie a saved, sanctified woman of God without being stuffy and looking down from a high steeple
Connie a smiling, praying, praising woman a friend of the people

She kept praising God never taking down when life seemed to let her down
Connie was a happy person smiling, laughing, singing in situations the enemy tried to turn her smile into a frown

Connie lived to praise and praised to live for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
She praised Him right up until she couldn't sing to the love of her life

But a choir was waiting for her not of this earthly land
The heavenly choir in a building not made by hands

We will miss our friend, will miss her contagious laughter, her smiling face, her deep voice of praise
We will miss our love one who would start laughing and if you were sad she would brighten up your day

We will miss those old school praise songs that had you clapping your hands and patting your feet
We will miss that anointed gravel the Spirit would put in her voice and get you up from your seat

I've heard earths loss is heavens gain
But it still does not stop the separation pain

But one thing we can be assured of and the heavenly choir welcomes our love one above
That we will one day see her again, still praising Jesus her king, still smiling, laughing praising the one whom she does love

We have to reluctantly yield physical body to the last enemy on earth which is the grave
But we know her spirit has traveled beyond earthly pain, sorrow, sadness, which she went through strong in the Lord and brave

Goodbye Connie we know you'll be singing as you march and dance through heaven door
Praising the Father God and the Son as you reach heaven celestial shore

Written by Chaplain Amery L. Weaver for The Weaver, Corbitt, Lavender, and the Saints of God
amery weaver
March 26, 2020
To Connie's girls and family,

I worked with Connie at McNees for many years, you girls and her grandchildren is all she talked about. She was so proud of you all. I will fondly remember her sense of humor, her love of singing and her church. She will be missed by all of her co-workers. My thoughts and prayers are with you all
Michele Bricker
March 26, 2020
We just want the family and her church family (Mt. Zion) to know that you are in our prayers. Sis Connie is not suffering any more, we believe she is experiencing the fullness of joy in the presence of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
To God Be the Glory!
At The Cross Cogic, Pastor & Sis. C. Robertson
Rebecca 23 Farmingdale Lane
March 26, 2020
My condolences to the family. I worked with Miss Connie for years and loved her sense of humor and her love of God. She was a good friend and she will be missed. RIP honey
Betty Rye
March 26, 2020
My condolences to the Collins family. Connie was a beautiful person. I remember singing with her on the choir years ago. She always have you laughing. My God Bless the family in this time of loss.
Pastor L. Watlington
March 26, 2020
My condolences to Connie's family in your time of sorry.

I've known Connie for many years, from Linden St to school classmates, chorus and track. The one thing that remained constant and unwavering.... was GOD in her life. Though it saddens me to hear of her passing, I know she is at peace in God's loving arms.
Rest in peace my friend

Natalie Crosson-Brooks
Natalie Crosson-Brooks
March 26, 2020
Diane, Demetria, Danielle, Dominique, and Daughters of Connie and family:

May God wrap his loving arms around you during this difficult time in the passing of your loved one. Her legacy will live on forever.
Michelle Dickey, Cierra, CJ, & Calvin ( Maurice) Hynson
March 25, 2020
Stephanie, CaSondra, and Jackie, we are so sorry for your loss at this time. Connie will also be in our memories and you all will forever be in our prayers.

Sandy and Calvin
Sandy Sias-Harris
March 25, 2020
To the family and friends of Sis. Connie, you have my deepest sympathy in the transitioning of your mother, grandmother, sister and church family and friends. I pray that God will strengthen and comfort your hearts as you prepare for her homegoing. I will always remember Connie as a high praiser,strong woman of God who loved to praise God with all her heart. She did as she testified, she praised God til the very end. Rest in Gods loving arms
Becky White
March 25, 2020
RIP
Fleming Family
March 25, 2020
To the Family,
May God comfort and keep you in this hour of sorrow. Connie was such a sweet, fun person. I had the pleasure of working with her many years ago. Rest in heavenly peace.
Annette McCraw
Hbg.
Annette McCraw
March 25, 2020
To the Brown Family

I am so sorry to hear of Connie's passing. May you find comfort at this time knowing that you are being lifted up in prayer for God to strengthen you and give you the peace that only He can give.
Gail Swanson
March 25, 2020
WE ARE SOOO SORRY TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF YOUR SISTER.MAY GOD BE WITH YOU.
SUE Tomlinson
March 25, 2020
I have known Connie since 1976 moving here from D.C.She will be sorely missed,Rest in peace.From Gloria Swanson.
Gloria Swanson
March 25, 2020
To Connie's family,

I'm sending my condolences. I choose the light because every time you seen connie the light shined when hearing her beautiful voice. Rest in peace.
Love
Linda Alexander
March 25, 2020
Collins Family,

May God give you strength when yours is gone, may His Grace and Mercy carry you on, may the unending love that He has for you revive your heart and see you through.

May God Continue to Bless and keep you during your time of loss.
April L. Goodman
March 25, 2020
I love you my twin, Frankie
Franklin Brown
March 25, 2020
Rest in peace my friend you will be missed
Jeffrey Swanson
March 25, 2020
I will miss Connie's spirit of genuine worship that she created every time I heard her singing the praises of God. Her spirit was always joyful and I believe her work for our God was genuine and she didn't mind praising Him wherever she was. And when it came to her daughters she was encouraging and most proud if their accomplishments. I am thankful to have had opportunity to know her and experience the presence of God when she was in praise and worship mode. Connie...I will look to see you on the other side where we can continue our worship and experience the full presence of our God.

Rev Sandra F. Norton
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