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Lucy Ann Hodges Collins, 90, of Greenville died Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Legend Healthcare. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 10, in the Coker-Mathews Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Samuel Glenn officiating. Interment will be in Memoryland Memorial Park. Visitation will be 10 a.m. until service time.
Mrs. Collins was born in Manila, Philippines on Aug. 15, 1926. She was the daughter of Jesse Allen Hodges and Mary Gamero Hodges. She married Cornelius "Bud" Collins on June 3, 1947, in Quinlan, Texas. She was a homemaker and member of Mineral Heights Baptist Church.
Lucy was a survivor of World War II during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, and helped care for her younger family members while her mother was working and her father was a prisoner in the Santo Tomas Internment Camp in Manila for more than three years. Near the close of the war, Lucy and her family came to the United States and settled in Quinlan which was the birthplace of her father. Lucy graduated from Quinlan High School in 1946 and was salutatorian of her class. She loved all of her family and loved animals, especially the many cats she cared for over the years.
Survivors include her daughters, Mary Bessie Gamero of Grand Saline and Barbara Jean Marks of Wylie; brother James C. Hodges of Prosper; sisters Emma Hodges Smith, Mary Jane Hodges Vance, Rose Aline Chieffo, all of Greenville, and Joyce Hodges Barrow of Quinlan; grandchildren Terisa A. Wadleigh, Arthur L. Wadleigh and Jamie Wilks; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Robert Morris Hodges (U.S. Navy MIA, WWII) and Jesse A. Hodges, and sister Linnie Hodges McCormack.
Pallbearers will be Jesse Smith, Warren Smith, Howard Barrow, Chip Vance, Chase Vance and Tim Fortner.
The family would like to offer special thanks to the Legend Staff, Kindred Hospice and caregivers Carolyn Kirk, Barbara Almon and Tomunda Benford.
In lieu of flowers it is requested donations be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Published on June 9, 2017
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