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Mary Leeola Collins

February 11, 1927 November 21, 2019
Mary Leeola Collins
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Mary Leeola Saunders Collins, 92 of Sun City West, Arizona passed away on November 21, 2019. Mary was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on February 11, 1927 to Lee and Viola (Arseneau) Saunders. Mary attended Roosevelt High School and graduated from St. Margaret's Academy in Minneapolis. She and Daniel James Collins married on October 30, 1946 at St. Helen's Catholic Church in Minneapolis, MN. The love of her life, Daniel James, passed away on March 4, 1994 in Fresno, California. She is preceded in death by her brother, Sergeant Joseph Lee Saunders and her parents Viola and Lee Saunders. Mary worked in communications, Pacific Bell in San Jose, CA and other Bell companies in Arizona. She retired in 1983 from U.S. West with 23 years of service. Mary's Legacy continues with her sister, Gloria (Jerry) Wahl; her five children: Patrick (Mary), Susan (Chuck) Nuss, Mary Meadors, Tim (Linda), Jack (Rachel); her 11 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to St. Jude's Children's Charity, as was Mary's wish. A Memorial Mass will be held in her honor at St. Thomas More Catholic Church 6180 W. Utopia Rd. Glendale, AZ 85308, on Friday, January 10th at 10:00 AM. Mary's final place of rest will be with her loving husband at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery 32053 W McCabe Rd. Santa Nella, CA 95322, at a later date. Mary will be missed dearly by her loving family.

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10:00 AM 1/10/2020 10:00:00 AM
St. Thomas More

6180 W. Utopia Rd.
Glendale , AZ 85308

St. Thomas More
6180 W. Utopia Rd. Glendale 85308 AZ
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


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