Lucy Ann Hodges Collins

Lucy Ann Hodges Collins

1926-2017

Memorial services for Lucy Ann Hodges Collins, 90, of Greenville, were held Saturday, June 10, 2017 under the direction of Coker Mathews Funeral Home with Rev. Samuel Glenn officiating. Interment followed in Memoryland Memorial Park. Mrs. Collins died Thursday, June 8, 2017, at Legend Healthcare.

She was born in Manila, Philippines August 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.  She was a homemaker and member of Mineral Heights Baptist Church. 

She 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 over three years. Near the close of the war, Lucy and her family came to the United States and settled in Quinlan, the birthplace of her father. She 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.

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.

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.  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.  They request in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.