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Helen Lucille Collins


1923 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Helen Lucille Collins Obituary
On New Year's Day in 1923, a baby girl was born at home in Maywood, Illinois to Ray Edward and Naomi Hope Laros Goodrich. She would excel in school, her hands would fly across the keys of a typewriter, and she would pen creative essays with distinctively elegant penmanship. She would even learn to twirl the baton and become a drum majorette at Proviso Township High School in Maywood. What Helen Lucille Goodrich was really born to do, though, was to be a mother-not any mother-the Mother of Eleven Children. She married John Michael Collins, Sr. in 1942, and they began their family life. They had eleven children: Terence R. (Eleana) Collins of Pinehurst, NC, John Michael (Jean) Collins, Jr., Helen K. (Patrick) O'Rourke of Normal, IL, Suzanne A. Arendt of Dowagiac, MI, Richard H. (Ruby) Collins of Shingletown, CA, Robert J. (Janet) Collins of Cypress, TX, David A. (Catherine) Collins of Houston, TX, Yvonne (Gary Shenfield) Collins of Williams Bay, WI, Joanne E. (David) Wickersham of Nekoosa, WI, Patricia E. (Jeffry) Potempa of American Fork, UT and Theodore G. (Susan) Collins of Scottsdale, AZ. They also had 33 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren. Helen L. Collins, 95, of Gainesville, FL, passed away at 4:06 p.m., Monday, January 8, 2018 in Normal, IL. Survivors include ten children. She was preceded in death by her husband on October 20, 2000; her son, John Jr.; three sisters, Marie Wyatt, Lois Goodrich and Jean Grove; a brother, Edward Goodrich; two grandsons; and a daughter-in-law, Janet. Her memorial Mass will be at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 20, 2018 at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Elmwood Park. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service, when family will greet relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your local Habitat for Humanity in Helen's name. After raising her children, Helen learned to play bridge, and became a Bronze Life Master. She was happy to share her expertise with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as neighbor children. Four Kings in the Corner was another favorite card game of hers, which she taught to anyone interested in learning. Health was her number one priority, believing that you are responsible for taking good care of yourself. Double chocolate brownies were part of her health regimen, and you could always find frozen ones in her freezer. She had a zest for living and learning; was true to herself and her principles; and was fiercely independent. She will be cherished in the hearts of all who knew her. To express condolences online, please visit www.carmodyflynn.com.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from Jan. 14 to Jan. 18, 2018
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