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Jean Collins

December 10, 1918 July 2, 2019
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Mother Jean Collins was the fifth child of Harrison and Martella Dixon born December 10, 1918 in Malvern, Arkansas.

She attended grammar school in Malvern, Arkansas but there wasn’t a high school for colored students. Jean’s older sister Dorothy and her husband Allen agreed to let her live with them so she could attend Booker T. Washington in Memphis, Tennessee.
After graduation, she worked at Alma’s Restaurant on Beale Street. During this time she met Robert Collins. Within a year, they were married. Their union lasted for 50 years until his death May 07, 1990. To this union two children were born, Lamoyne and Donald.
Jean attended Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Altgeld Gardens, where she was a Sunday school teacher and a choir member. During the time her children were in school, she was active in PTA. She was a member of Rainbow Push. She was an active supporter of Ora Higgins Youth Foundation for 40 years. She walked with Rev Martin Luther King in Marquette Park. She supported President Barack Obama and was proud to witness an African American President.

In 1958, she graduated from nursing school. She work for Rush Hospital for 27 years.
Mother Collins and Robert joined Oakdale Missionary Baptist Church. She was an active member for 50 years. Robert was a quiet member and Jean was the president of the Missionary Board for 20 years

Mother Collins worked in the kitchen and was always willing to be of service. She enjoyed cooking and planting flowers for the church.

Grandma Collins enjoyed her family. She loved it when her family came together because she enjoyed cooking and sharing stories about her life. Grandma Collins enjoyed all her grandchildren especially her great-great grandson Nathanael. She would smile and laugh watching him play baseball and run.

She was also a big advocate of black history and pursuing an education.
Jean was preceded in death by: her husband, Robert Collins; her sisters and brothers, Evelyn Marsh of Boston, Dorothy Hart of Detroit, Flodessie Thomas of Los Angeles, Roberta Wingfield of Los Angeles, James Dixon of Gary, Cleodus Dixon of Los Angeles, Rudolph Dixon of Los Angles, and Jennie Reed of Chicago.

Jean is survived by: her daughter, Lamoyne (Edgar) Eloby; son, Dr. Donald (Richard) Collins; grandchildren, Earl (Agnes) Eloby Jr, Thelma Eloby, Derek Eloby, and Terrence Eloby; great-grandchildren, Jillian Eloby, Jamal Gary, and Joseph Eloby; great-great grandson, Nathanael Eloby; brother, Harrison “Ben” Dixon; and a host of other relatives and friends.

God made a wonderful Mother,
A Mother who never grows old;
He made her smile of the sunshine,
And he made her heart of pure gold.


Friday, July 12, 2019
Time: 3:00 - 6:00pm
Brookins Funeral Home

Saturday, July 13, 2019
Time: 12:00 - 12:30pm

Saturday, July 13, 2019
Time: 12:30 - 1:30pm

West 95th Oakdale Missionary Baptist Church
9450 S. Normal Avenue
Chicago, IL 60620

Interment Immediately Following Services:
Evergreen Cemetery
3401 W. 87th Street
Evergreen Park, IL 60805

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3:00 PM 7/12/2019 3:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 7/12/2019 6:00:00 PM
Brookins Funeral Home

9315 S. Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60620

Brookins Funeral Home
9315 S. Ashland Avenue Chicago 60620 IL
United States





12:00 PM 7/13/2019 12:00:00 PM - 1:30 PM 7/13/2019 1:30:00 PM
West 95th Oakdale Missionary Baptist Church

9450 S. Normal Avenue
Chicago, IL 60620

West 95th Oakdale Missionary Baptist Church
9450 S. Normal Avenue Chicago 60620 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


Evergreen Cemetery Final Resting Place

3401 West 87th Street
Evergreen Park, IL 60805

3401 West 87th Street Evergreen Park 60805 IL
United States

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