Blanche McHugh Collins

Chicago, Illinois


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Blanche McHugh Collins, lovingly known as B.C., passed away on August 20, 2019 after a week of farewells from her loving children and grandchildren. B.C. was born in Zachary, Louisiana and graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in Baton Rouge. She attended St. Mary's College of Notre Dame and graduated from Louisiana State University. Geaux Tigers! It was at Notre Dame where she met her beloved husband Robert W. Collins, affectionately known as Rip. B.C. and Rip were wed on September 1st, 1946 and looked forward to celebrating their 73rd anniversary later this year. They treasured the many friends they made throughout the years playing golf, tennis, and bridge in LaGrange, Illinois and Amelia Island, Florida. She was an active volunteer for Infant Welfare and St. Vincent DePaul. B.C. will always be remembered for her kindness, warmth, and southern hospitality. She was preceded in death by her parents, Blanche Capdevielle and Jesse McHugh, brother Weldon McHugh, and niece Sallie McHugh Lee. In addition to her devoted husband Rip, B.C. is survived by her beloved children: William (Patricia) Collins, Ann Collins, Kim Collins, and Alisa (Jeff) Anderson. She is also survived by her cherished grandchildren: Mary Beth (Wes) Matheney, Jackie Collins, Lisa (Greg) Kruse, Steve Collins and Meredith, Ben and Mac Anderson as well as her three great-grandsons, Rip, Jack, and Warren. Services were held on Friday, August 23rd at St. Cletus Church, LaGrange, IL 60525 followed by interment in Bronswood Cemetery, Oak Brook, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to Good Shepherd Manor Foundation, P.O. Box 260, Momence, IL 60954 or online at Masses in memory of B.C. are also most appreciated. Info: Heeney-Laughlin Funeral Directors, 708-636-5500 or

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