Services: A memorial service will be held later.
Phyllis Davis Collins, 86, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007.
She was born on Sept. 23, 1920 in Mauldin, Wash., to the late Calvin Orville and Georgia Leona Foreman Davis. At the age of 16, she migrated with her family to the Southwest. She lived in Tucumcari for about 25 years, where she met and married Jackson Davenport Collins. She established Toyland, a private school, teaching kindergarten until the railroad relocated her husband to El Paso, Texas.
Mrs. Collins devoted her life in assisting in many philanthropic projects, including St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and the Barren Women of El Paso, he family said. She was very active in the Order of the Eastern Star, E.S.A., Delta Gamma, The Christian Women’s Club and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In these organizations, she held various officer positions, receiving many honors and awards.
She also was a long time member of Scotsdale Baptist Church. Mrs. Collins worked with children and was also an adult performer in the church’s hand bell ringer chorus. She was an avid doll collector and possessed many artistic talents. She took great pride in hand sewing quilts for all the nieces and nephews and well as many beautiful crocheted gifts over the years.
Mrs. Collins retired from teaching kindergarten in El Paso. Her final years were spent in the Rosedale Adult Foster Home. Frank Navarro and family, who Mrs. Collins regarded as her extended family, provided her with a beautiful, loving and caring home, her family said.
Her husband, Jack, their son, David Michael Collins, her parents and two brothers, Mearl O. and Rollo C. Davis preceded her in death.
Mrs. Collins is survived by her sister, Lenora (Joe) Sweet of Hemet, Calif.; sister in law, Dorothy Davis of Twenty-Nine Palms, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
Remembrances on behalf of Mrs. Collins may be made to the Scotsdale Baptist Church Music Department or CIMA Hospice of El Paso.
Arrangements are by Martin Funeral Home East of El Paso.