KRYSTEN NICOLE COLLINS
COLLINS, Krysten Nicole, 18, of Doswell, went to be with the Lord May 1, 2012. Survivors include her mother, Teresa Bruner; her father, J.P. Collins; three sisters, Angela, Shelby and Marie Collins; two stepbrothers, Dalton and Dustin Collins; five grandparents, Ethel Turbeville, Ken and Donna Bruner, and Earl and Connie Collins; 14 aunts and uncles, seven nieces and nephews, and 12 cousins. Krysten fought a long and courageous battle with neuroblastoma. In her short time here, she touched many lives and led them to the Lord. Through her challenges, she selflessly was still able to inspire and help lift up other cancer patients. Krysten was known for her sparkling blue eyes that could brighten up any room. The family will receive friends 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bliley's-Staples Mill, 8510 Staples Mill Rd. Her Celebration of Life will be held 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Beaverdam Baptist Church, 19110 Beaver Dam Rd., Beaverdam, Va. 23015. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Krysten Collins Fund c/o Robin Ross, 15146 Locust Level Dr., Doswell, Va. 23047.


This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
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Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on May 3, 2012.
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Hey sissy, these past couple years have been hard as hell without you but I am glad you are in a better place and without pain. I miss more then anything in this universe. You were not only my older sister, but my guiding hand, my shield, my hero, and the light that lit up my world. you have always been and always will be the best sister anybody could ask for. you were put through so much and I feel like if I would've done more to help you instead of giving you a hard time. I love you and I miss you. don't cause much trouble up there. I love you sissy!
Angela Collins
Sister
January 3, 2018
I miss you baby girl! I know your looking down on us today! It's truly hard to believe its been over a year now! I love you with all my heart! Your a beautiful Angel!
Corrie Reed
July 18, 2013
You don't know me but I was touched by your story and Bubba Higgason's tribute. We may have been distant cousins since I have Collins ancestry from that part of Virginia. Rest in peace. Lots of people loved you and will not let your memory fade from their memories. My sympathy to your family.
Diane Gray
May 3, 2013
May 2, 2013
Krysten my love you will always be with me each and every day, It doesnt seem like its been a year now since you left us. I have faith that you are in the presence on our lord and savior Jesus Christ, no pain just eternal happiness. Catch you on the other side one day baby. I Love You with all my heart Krysten.
May 2, 2013
I love you and miss u dearly...RIP lil sis...
Marie Collins
May 2, 2013
She was my cousin! I miss her terribly! She was the strongest girl I know! I love her so much!! She is now in a better place!
Amanda Wayman
May 1, 2013
I miss you a lot everyday Krysten. I know you are in a better place now, and I will see you again one day. Until that day comes, continue to look down on us!
Erik Reedy
May 1, 2013
Krysten was my first love. I miss her everyday of my life and I hope she is in a better place. I no she is truly with God as she was truly an angel on earth. I love you KNC
Jake Cashman
January 29, 2013
I only met Krysten a few times while shooting a documentary for ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation in 2010-2011. Her bright personality and vivaciousness kept her in my thoughts since then... she was always so spunky in clinic and in her interview. So spunky that I was referencing her in my personal statement for nursing school, which prompted an online search to check in.

You are a beautiful spirit, Krysten, and I'm sure you touched the lives of many other people you encountered only briefly. I send huge hugs to her friends and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Keely Craig
September 9, 2012
We missed you soo very much this 4th of July, we sent up lanterns in your memory. It was beautiful, you would have enjoyed it. Your Mom and sister cried. God Bless them. The beach isn't the same without you this year.
Beverley Brazelle
July 26, 2012
Hope you rest in peace. Will always think of you and what you went through.
stacy dellinger
July 23, 2012
love and miss you and will always keep you in my heart and mind like my family and friends krysten always and you taught me alot with all you went thur and always smiled and enjoy ppl things and life :-)
michael hamm
July 23, 2012
Well baby girl I will miss you with all my heart till the day I die..I love you so much and just really dont know what to do without you. You are so beautiful and amazing I wish I was there for you more in your short life but I just want to say that you have been an insparation for alot of people. Ever since I held you in my arms that day in 93 till that black day in May I have never stopped loving you and caring. I was so proud to be your god father. You will always be my butterfly baby girl. I will nevr forget sitting with you when no one was there in your room when you was here on your last days and I was praying to god to give you some peace and you woke up all of a sudden and told me you was glad I was there with you...I will never forget that...I Love you baby and cant wait to see you one day in heaven. Rest in Peace Krysten.
Bubba Higgason
May 22, 2012
Rest I Peace Honey.... you was a very sweet soul who I only met a few times...you will be truly missed.
Tonisha
May 16, 2012
Although i miss u deeply. i do now know we will be together again. God is Great. u opened my eyees and heart to the lord. your mom took me by the hand and now im gonna do great things. We love u so much...Thank u my buddy for all u r still doing.. B K LOUNGE
Melanie Kenney
May 15, 2012
Krysten was an angel on earth, and now in Heaven. I thank God for the opportunity to have known her here, and look forward to seeing her there.
Chris Rapp
May 15, 2012
You were not just my daughter. You were also my teacher and guidance counselor, my strength and my weakness. You were, and still are, a healer of hearts and soles and a wonderful witness of God. He now has the best Angel. Although we will miss the presence of your earthly body, Your spirit lives in all of us. I love you my precious girl. you now are my shooting star.
Mommy
May 15, 2012
You don't know me, but I was touched by Krysten's obituary. Sympathy to your family!
L Seay
May 10, 2012
Krysten impressed upon me that good can still be found in mankind. She always greated me with a hug and a big beautiful smile. She lived life to the fullest of her ability everyday! Krysten always looked at her glass being half full instead of half empty. Krysten was wise beyond her years and had a graceful elegance that you don't often see in young women these days. When I heard of her passing the first thing that popped into my head was a song. I went outside and sat on the steps and looking up at heaven and started singing "Sheltered in the Arms of God". I knew without a doubt that Krysten was really home now, pain free and meeting all of her friends that had passed on before her. Krysten impacted so many lives in her short time on earth, she will live in our hearts forever. I thank God bringing her into my life 3 years ago.
Cynthia Graham
May 8, 2012
krysten i miss u so much love u
patty higgason
May 7, 2012
Krysten inspired me in countless ways, she was always in the greatest mood, never got mad at anyone and helped everyone with their problems.She was an amazing family member, and was like family to everyone.
Peyton Bruner
May 7, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone whose life your blessed soul touched and inspired. God Bless.
Sharla & Duncan Pence
May 6, 2012
“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”
Dear Krysten - we celebrated you this weekend in every thing we did. Every laugh, every smile, in every "I love you" we said. I kept thinking of you bouncing into clinic, or into a party and coming right beside Mackenzie...smile so big, eyes so bright. Seeing how much she loved to be around you. We will miss you! I know you are dancing in heaven, looking so beautiful, and giving hugs to all the other angels we know and love. And when I see those stars at night, I will know you are not in any pain, but happy and cancer free.
We love you.
The Levi Family
Jon, Victoria, Mackenzie and Gracie
Victoria Levi
May 6, 2012
Thoughts adn prayers with you at your loss Heaven has received an amazing angel find comfort in knowing you have an angel watching over you
Pamela Hansen
May 6, 2012
Prayers for the family of this precious girl. We rejoice in knowing that she is now dancing with Jesus.
Ball Family
May 6, 2012
Krysten inspired my baby Abbie...Krysten helped Abbie with her fears...because Krysten had gone through the same thing. I will forever be indebted to her and her family...She told Abbie not to worry about loosing her hair as it will grow back. I think they both have long hair in heaven. Hugs to the family..
Mary Ann Water
May 6, 2012
When I first met Krysten, I knew there was something really special about her. The way she could light up a room amazed me. I treasure every moment I had with her, every smile, every laugh. I love you so much girl. May you rest in peace and watch over your family and friends. I will never forget you. Your strength and your courage is what I have never seen before.
Ariel Hill
May 6, 2012
Its been almost a year since I last saw you. A year since you met my son..and now I have my daughter whom you'll never meet.Caydence Nicole.She and Odin will see the pictures I have of you and ask who this amazing girl was.And i'll tell them a peice of my heart. I love you Krysten and I miss you terribly.I missed you before you left us and now that void is no longer there because I know you are in heaven. Best friends since age 4 and best friends in the after.I'll see you in a couple of years girly.I miss you and Love you...
Amanda Painter
May 6, 2012
May God keep you and comfort your family during your tme of sorrow. Krysten was a bright light and yes her Blue eyes were sparkling.

Kathy Sykes
Kathy Sykes
May 5, 2012
Krysten I just want you to know you are my Hero , my Idol, my sister,and my friend!!! I love you so much and you made a big impact on my life. I was remembering the old convos we used to have and those was the best convo's I ever had with anyone! And I can't wait for the day we can have those convo's again!!
Marie Collins
May 4, 2012
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." May the sorrow you feel in your hearts lighten by the love that surrounds you all. Keeping Krysten's family and friends in my prayers. God Bless You Beautiful, Sweet Krysten!
Cherilyn Green
May 4, 2012
Prayers continue for the family. May God continue to be glorified.
Karen Arbaugh
May 4, 2012
mary fickett
May 4, 2012
Krysten,there are no words that can express how heavy my heart is,not only because I have lost a friend, but also heavy for your family's loss .You are a true inspiration to me. Your courage,your strength and your love for everyone you met will forever remain in my heart.I am blessed to have met you,and I will miss you!
My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Please know that her spirit will forever be present in the lives of so many .
Jessica East
May 4, 2012
I only knew Krysten for a couple of years, but in that time she really made an impact on me. That beautiful smile and blue eyes will be missed by many. My daughter and I will miss our tailgating buddy at the Richmond races. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, she was a incredible young lady.
Brandon Sobey
May 3, 2012
WE WILL MISS YOU DEARLY THAT SMILE AND GORGEOUS EYES IN A ROOM WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH NOW YOU CAN REST IN PEACE LOVE WITH OUT PAIN AND BE OUR GUARDIAN ANGEL LOOKING OVER ALL OF US .
SAMANTHA WILSON
May 3, 2012
I only had the pleasure of meeting Krysten a few times. She is a sweet and beautiful young lady. Tesa, if you want for anything please let us know. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Rosemary Guyton
May 3, 2012
Goodbye precious Krysten. We will miss you on Earth but look forward to seeing your beautiful blue eyes again in Heaven. My prayers to your family and friends during this difficult time.
Christy Roberson
May 3, 2012
We love your family and pray that you receive comfort, peace, and surrounded by love and encouragement!
Chiles Family
May 3, 2012
krysten you are the most beautiful angel in heaven. your eyes will light up the heavens. you were so sweet and kind. i,ll miss those beautiful eyes and that bright smile. you are at peace now no more pain. rest in peace with the angels beautiful lady.
betty cook
May 3, 2012
to krysten,s family.i,m deeply sorry for your loss.she was a beautiful young lady. i feel in love with her beautiful eyes when she came to visit carl. she will be missed very much.you all all in my prayers. betty cook carol,s sister.
betty cook
May 3, 2012
to my dear dear friend. i have to say first that it was a terrible thing seeing u suffer with so much pain. u r the most amazeing person. as u struggled with your cancer u still thought about others before yourself, u have taughtus all so much. u are greatly missed . we love you
melanie kenney
May 3, 2012
May your family & friends find peace as you have, for now your pain is gone, your battle done.
Barbara Orf
May 3, 2012
I knew Krysten in such a personal way as we worked one on one together for two years. We shared a lot of laughter, frustrations, enjoyed many good talks and somewhere in there we did some learning! A line from a song reads: "As a teacher, I've been learning, by my pupils I've been taught." Krysten taught me many things about faith, trust, diligence and never giving up. The Lord was her stronghold, her mighty fortress and she lives with him in all eternity. My love to you kiddo. ~Mrs. Maas
Sharon Maas
May 3, 2012
What a spark of light was Krysten, always a smile on her beautibul face, and those lovely eyes - I will always remember those dancing blue eyes! She touched everyone she met with her spirit. I am glad to have know her. Now she's no longer in pain, and in heaven being the angel she was on earth. God Bless her family and frends, and thank you for sharing her with oh so many others.
Beverley Brazelle
May 3, 2012
"In my Fathers house there are many mansions--if it were not true I would have told you---I go to prepare a place for you so where I am there you will be also." Jesus Christ.
Ken & Becky Grubbs
May 3, 2012
To light your way on your journey to the house of the Lord. May your soul shine bright sweet angel.
Angie Stanley
May 3, 2012
I light this for you in memory of you and how you blessed my life. And on this day 5-3-12 its National Prayer day.. and I pray that through the legacy you left that many people come to know Jesus because of who you were. Bless you sweet friend and cant wait to see you again XO _beaverdam VA
May 3, 2012
Krysten, you will never be forgotten. You fought this awful disease so bravely. We never heard you complain and you always smiled. You are such an inspiration to all. We are truly blessed to have known you. You will be greatly missed but this is not goodbye just a see you later. Love you!
The Chavonelle Family
May 3, 2012
Keeping the family in our thoughts & prayers during this difficult time as well as the days ahead. God Bless.
Travis & Kelli Phelps
May 3, 2012
By every definition, Krysten was a beautiful person. She served as an inspiration to everyone she met. I will never forget her infectious smile and bright blue eyes. I consider myself blessed to have been her administrator while she was a student at Patrick Henry. Yes, we lost a wonderful person on May 1st, but heaven immediately gained another angel. I am reminded of II Corinthians 5:6-8, which tells us that when we Christians die, we go immediately to be with God. To be "absent from the body is to be present with the Lord." Until we meet again . . . rest in peace, Krysten.
William Noel, Sr.
May 3, 2012
Thoughts and Prayers go out to Krysten and her family. Now may you find peace and tranquility and soar high in the sky with all the other beautiful angels. Will be missed but never forgotten, Love the Brown Family
Sierra Brown
May 3, 2012
Thoughts and Prayers.
Heather and Rex Muller
May 3, 2012
Our family is continuing to pray for the entire family and huge group of friends. I know words can not relieve the pain that each of you are feeling, but Krysten is now an angel and pain/cancer free. I can see Krysten now in Heaven flashing that wonderful smile with those beautiful blue eyes. Teresa and Krysten were such an inspriational team that helped people in ways that they could never imagine. God will help you through your pain, tears and faith...stay strong and let him continue to guide you. Sending love to you all!!
Buchanan's
May 3, 2012
Krysten you have touched all of our hearts and had such an impact on our lives in such a short time. You will be missed pretty lady. The Atkinsons
wayne atkinson
May 3, 2012
karen jones
May 3, 2012
I am really going to miss you with that huge smile and pretty blues. You were such a strong woman
karen jones
May 3, 2012
Prayers for Krysten and Teresa and Family,we love you...
Conrad and Jake Wash
May 3, 2012
We will all miss u so much. we love you krysten. i know u are above watchin over all of us. ia m aglad u will be able to rest without being in pain no more.
cynthia keeton
May 3, 2012
Sweet and courageous with a never ending smile...you are forever embedded in my heart and mind. Peace has found you sweet Krysten and that brings comfort to so many. My thoughts and prayers are with all of your family. I know you are watching over them carefully.
Heidi Hessler-Allen
May 3, 2012
She was much loved and will be missed by many, words are not enough to say all that she gave and did for those around her, she was a young woman with courage and fight beyond her years.
C Chambers
May 3, 2012
Krysten, you will be missed by each and every person who was blessed to have met you. You had an immediate impact on our family that will never be forgotten. We love you. - the Wickens
May 3, 2012
Thoughts and prayers going out to the entire family. Krysten will live on in our hearts forever.
The Wayman's
May 3, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We had the pleasure of having Krysten at our house a few times as well as ran into her every so often while in town and all I can say is she was a remarkable young lady. I wish more young people had the dedication and drive that she did. There is no doubt that Krysten will be missed by many.
Kenny Sipe
May 3, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with Krysten's family. Krysten's kindness and bravery during her long battle always amazed us. Her beautiful spirit will live on in the many lives she touched.
The D'Arville Family
May 3, 2012