St James United Methodist
4400 Peachtree-Dunwoody Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
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Anne Gardner COLLINS

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Anne Gardner COLLINS Obituary
COLLINS, Anne Gardner Anne Gardner Collins passed away in Atlanta at the age of 63 on September 23, 2017 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Anne was born on February 15, 1954 in Tampa, Florida to Norman Gardner and Marjorie Gardner. In 1964, the family moved to Atlanta where Norm founded his company, Papercon, in Brookhaven. Anne graduated from North Springs High School in 1972. She then attended Auburn University, graduating in 1976, where she received many honors and was an active member of the Gamma Omega chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta. Anne met and married Douglas Collins in Atlanta, where he and their two daughters still reside. Anne had the kindest heart and never met a stranger. She loved Cheetos and anything chocolate. Anne loved being a part of her daughters' activities while they were growing up. She also enjoyed Auburn and University of Georgia football. Anne loved any book with a beach on the cover and reading it at her favorite place, Hilton Head Island. Her most recent love was her Shih Tzu, Sophie, who never left her side. Mrs. Collins is survived by her husband Douglas, daughters Emily and Laura, and mother Marjorie (Midge) Gardner. Anne loved living near her sisters and brother, Barbara Verner (David), Carol Gardner, and James Gardner (Terry) who are all in the Atlanta area. She found great joy in spending time with their children including four nieces and nephews, and two special grandnieces. After a late stage diagnosis in December of 2014, she bravely battled ovarian cancer for almost three years until her death at Hospice Atlanta Center. Through multiple courses and rounds of treatments, Anne never complained once and faced each day with a smile. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm at St. James United Methodist Church at 4400 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. Following the service, the family will greet friends in the church parlor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial donations be made in Anne's name to the Ovarian Cancer Institute.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 24, 2017
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