Irene Aslany Collins

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Irene Aslany Collins, 77, of Willis, TX entered Heaven's gates at 12:59 AM on Wednesday, January 04, 2017 at a local hospital surrounded by her husband, her brother, two sons, three granddaughters and daughter-in-law.

Mrs. Collins was born in Chalkis, (on the island of Evia) Greece, on March 26, 1939. She lived in Chalkis with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Aslany along with her brother, Mike Aslany and sister, Thespina until 1953 when they moved to Pireaus, Greece, where they lived for three years until moving to Athens. After finishing high school she worked in an accounting office in Athens until 1963.

In February 1963 she married her loving husband of 54 years in Athens and moved to Waco, Texas, in March 1963 where her husband Wayne Collins was an officer in the U. S. Air Force stationed at a nearby Base. Having grown up in Greece during a period when few knew how to drive, Irene or Rena as her family and friends called her, learned to drive the family auto with help from her husband in a local Sears(closed on Sundays in those days) parking lot on Sunday afternoons. Rena quickly learned the American ways, especially how to shop(charge cards and layaway) and also where to shop as she was taught by Wayne's mother, Selma (Grandy) Collins. Rena and her first born son, Jim, and husband moved to another Air Force Base in Texas in July 1965 and to Colorado in 1966. While there, Rena was awarded her US Citizenship in Denver.

In 1968, the family moved back to Texas residing in Richardson, near Dallas. Their second son, John, was born in 1969. Rena was employed part time with Titches, Joskes, and Dillards at the North Park Mall in Dallas for nineteen years where she learned a lot about retail sales while getting to know many associates and meeting new friends. She was a member of an International Women's Club which included ladies from many nationalities hailing from various countries of the World. She was also an active volunteer in the Harbour Town Yacht Club and maintained financial records for the HTC Ladies Luncheon Group. As Jim and John grew, Rena was involved in seeing that her sons were meeting their commitments in school and at play which was primarily the game of soccer. She was familiar with soccer from her earlier years in Greece. Rena was no doubt the teams' most active cheerleader and with her Greek accent everyone loved to hear her voice approval or disapproval of the happenings on the field. This same enthusiasm carried over while watching her granddaughters compete in various sports after she and her husband retired and moved to Willis, Texas, to be closer to their granddaughters in 2000.

Upon retirement, Rena enjoyed cruising in various parts of the world and spending each summer in Greece with her husband and family and friends. She became an avid reader of numerous books on her Kindle Fire. Rena always made sure she placed everyone else's needs before her own. She was a loving wife, mom and Yaya (grandmother). She will be remembered for her beautiful smile and green eyes, her resilience and vibrant personality, her energy, her generosity, her red lipstick and nails, her dress, her love for life, family and friends.

Those loved ones left to cherish her memories include her husband Byrum W. Collins of Willis, TX, two sons, John M. Collins, Dr. James K. Collins and wife Toni of Conroe, Texas, three granddaughters, Shannon Manner- Collins of Houston, TX, Brittany Alexis Collins of Conroe, TX, and Courtney Nicole Collins of College Station, TX, a brother Mike Aslany and his wife Cheryl of Orange, TX ,two nephews, Michael Aslany, John Aslany and wife Candice of Orange, TX.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Diamanto and John Aslany and a sister, Thespina Aslany.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at 1:30 PM at the Outrigger at Harbour Town, in Willis, Texas 77318. Officiating will be Associate Pastor Janet Stilwell, First United Methodist Church Conroe.

The family plans to place Rena's ashes in the Aggie Field of Honor and Memorial Cemetery with a portion of her ashes to be distributed on the island of Santorini, Greece, which was her wish as it was her favorite island to visit.

In lieu of flowers it is requested that donations be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center, Post Office Box 4464, Houston, Texas 77210-4464.


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Published on yourconroenews.com from Jan. 16 to Jan. 29, 2017
Arrangements under the direction of:
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