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“Marilyn always had a kind word when I delivered the United Methodist Church bulletins to two of our members who ate at her table and she always had a...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: marjorie stirtz - Missouri Valley, IA

“So Very Very Sorry Prayers , Prayers , Love & Hugs ”
2 of 6 | Posted by: Patty & Tom NIEDERMYER NIEDERMYER - IA

“Marilyn was a sweet friend to me. We had many wonderful visits during my years at Logan as her minister. I miss you all. I'll be praying for you all...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Ron Riley - Grove, OK - Friend

“My deepest sympathy to all you kids. At this time brings back many, many memories we have together not to mention the fun time our parents had...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Myrna Lightwine - Pisgah, IA

“Mark and I are so sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing. I used to work for her son Mike at Perfection and Mark and I are good friends with Vicky and...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Mark & Barb Jensen - PISGAH, IA

“Linda,Your entire Nebraska-Western Iowa family grieves at the lost of your precious Mother. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and our prayer...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Don Burman - Omaha, NE - Coworker


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Marilyn Lee (Michael) Collins was born on April 3, 1933, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Louis and Irene (Niles) Michael adopted her at the age of three months. She was raised in the Magnolia area and attended school at Windy Ridge Country School. She graduated from Magnolia High School in 1951. On August 16, 1952, Marilyn married Harlan Collins. The couple made their home in Mondamin, Iowa. Marilyn worked at the Community Memorial Hospital in Missouri Valley for two years before attending Iowa Western Community College in 1969 and 1970 where she earned her Practical Nursing Degree. She then worked at the Community Memorial Hospital for a total of 28 years, retiring in 1995. Harlan died March 14, 2012.

Marilyn was a member of the Logan Christian Church. She enjoyed their four children and all their school activities. She also enjoyed bowling, knitting, camping and fishing. Marilyn enjoyed working with Harlan on their large garden. The grandchildren were all special to Marilyn and she enjoyed having them close.

Marilyn died on Monday, June 19, 2017, at the Longview Nursing Home in Missouri Valley, Iowa at the age of 84 years, two months, and 16 days.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harlan Collins; grandson, Jacob Leonard; and in-laws, Kenneth Collins and Rosalie and Tom Jorgensen. She is survived by her two sons, Michael Collins and his wife Cindy of Logan, Iowa, Randy Collins and his wife Sharon of Adel, Iowa; two daughters, Linda Muell of Elkhorn, Nebraska, and Vicky Earlywine of Logan, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Scott, Jason, Brent, Jessica, Christin, Kylee and Annie; 17 1/2 great grandchildren, Hailey, Hunter, Jaxen (Jason), Jude, Lennon, Harrison (Jessica), Maxton, Zoey, Rex (Brent), Eli, Merritt (Kylee), Wyatt, Emma (Scott), Marley, Clair, Meadow, Micajah and a baby boy due soon (Christin); sister-in-law, Myrna Collins of Logan, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.