Ann M. Collins age 88, passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, September 6, 2019. She was born on Wednesday, August 19, 1931 in Brooklyn New York, to John J, Hicks and Helen (Farrell) Hicks.
Ann grew up as a child in Brooklyn with her two sisters (Helen and Cathy) and her brother (Jack). When she was seventeen, her family moved out on Long Island and settled in Ridge New York where they had a chicken farm. This is where she developed her love for every creature, big and small.
Ann met Thomas G. Collins on August 4, 1954 at Petropilis’s Diner located in Ridge. He was stationed at West Hampton Air Force Base and stopped in for quick bite to eat on his way to New York City. They were married on October 22, 1955 in the church of St. Frances Cabrini where they began the love story of their 65 years of marriage.
They had two children together, Tommy and Diane. She was a devoted wife and mother who never missed an opportunity to put her family first and was practically perfect in every way!
Her greatest joy was spending time with her husband, family and friends. She loved Sunday drives out East, going out dancing, rescuing animals, and cooking.
In 1996 Ann and Tom relocated to Anderson, SC where they spent the past 23 years enjoying; their time together, their grandchildren, traveling, family parties and country living.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years Thomas G. Collins of Anderson, SC; son Thomas Collins of Anderson SC, and his wife Lisa, their two sons, Thomas John, and John Thomas; daughter Diane Helen Collins of Huntington Beach Ca., and her husband Zachary Nevel, their son T. Collins Nevel, their daughter, Tabitha Nevel Carlos, and her husband Christopher Carlos, and their baby on the way Phoenix Elias Carlos; sisters, Helen Bossler and Catherine O’Donoghue; Auntie to many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews; many cousins and extended family; she is proceeded by, her father John J. Hicks, mother Helen (Farrell) Hicks, brother John Hicks.
A wife, mother, Nanny, sister and auntie who touched all of our hearts with the amazing strength of her love through her gentle touch. We love you Always and Forever…Read More
The family will receive friends from 6 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 11, at Sullivan-King Mortuary.