Hartis Collins

Services: 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14, at Evans Funeral Home, Houston.

Hartis Katherine (Hayes) Collins, 98, was born April 19, 1920, in Houston, Mo. She passed away March 10, 2019, in her Houston home.

Hartis married Wayne Collins on May 3, 1939, and were together until his death Nov. 6, 1966.

Hartis was preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Etta (Haney) Hayes; husband, Wayne Collins; infant daughter, Deloris; three brothers, Willard “Wid,” Wilbert and Robert “Jack;” five sisters, Hazel Wheeler, Helen Shelton, Tressie Smrek, Dorothy (Kell) Rauscher and Vera (Dixon) Leek; grandson, Loren Neal; and daughter-in-law, Debbie Collins.

She is survived by her three children, Jessie (Lance) Neal and Karen (Jim) Cavanaugh, both of Houston, and Mike Collins of Poplar Bluff; grandchildren, Rhonda Neal, Quentin (Michele) Cavanaugh, Dan (Nicole) Cavanaugh, Grant (Shonna) Collins and Blake Collins; great-grandchildren, Lane and Mac Neal, Devin, Darby and Casey Cavanaugh, Dakota, Gunner and Gauge Collins; brother, Johnny Hayes; and sister-in-law, Betty Hayes.

She grew up and raised her children in Ellis Prairie, Mo. She was baptized at Dogs Bluff on the Big Piney River on May 27, 1951, along with her husband and daughter, Jessie. Following the passing of her husband she worked nine years in the HD Lee factory in Houston prior to opening the Fashion Corner Dress store with her daughter, Jessie. They operated the store for more than 20 years, making many friends and loyal customers. She was recognized by the Houston Chamber of Commerce for her distinguished service to the Houston community.

In her free time she enjoyed gardening, sewing and playing pitch with family, especially her grandchildren. She danced well into her 90s at senior dances in Houston and the surrounding area. She enjoyed both going to and having her own yard sales. She attended auctions where she might buy anything from a dollar box full of treasures to a three-bedroom house.

A special thanks to mom’s caregivers who filled her home with laughter, good food, stories and loving care during her last few months.

Services are 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 14, 2019, at Evans Funeral Home with Grant Collins and Kaven Keller officiating. Burial will be in Dykes Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Quentin Cavanaugh, Daniel Cavanaugh, Grant Collins, Blake Collins, Lane Neal and Mac Neal.

Memorials may be made to Dykes Cemetery, in lieu of flowers. 

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