Patricia Mae Collins, known by her husband and friends as Pat, her children as Mom, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as Mimi, passed on from this world on Saturday, August 21, 2021. She was a wonderful wife and beloved mother and grandmother, a loyal friend, a writer, and avid antique collector.
It seemed like she had been collecting antiques her whole life, and without knowing her, one could walk through her house and see her character in that collection of antiques. The kitchen was particularly scenic with a variety of antique cookie jars atop every cabinet. Some are older than most of the people who ever stepped foot in her home. While some of them show signs of wear and tear others remain pristine. She didn’t collect them in any unique way, she just found one she liked and bought it. Whether they were broken or perfect, she enjoyed them all. She treated the people in her life much the same way. So, while the kitchen was filled with cookie jars of all shapes and sizes, the rest of her home was filled with family and friends from all walks of life.
While none of these cookie jars were allowed to be touched (when she was looking), she always had one or two of the less ancient jars filled with “healthy” Oreo cookies or vanilla wafers. Mimi was known for her hospitality and serving her family and friends was a gift. She was known for her quadruple chocolate cake and ice-cream with a serving size that was not for the faint of heart. She tirelessly made her home a place for not only those ancient antiques, but for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
It was Mimi who curated Christmas every year, and it was a doozy. A seemingly 35-foot-tall Christmas tree, lights, ribbons, ornaments, a million teddy bears that were also antique somehow, all situated to one side of the great room. The great hall was lined with tables and chairs as if we were visiting kings and queens, and a meal to match the occasion. Mimi “called” the family to gather each year to celebrate Jesus Christ, another year lived, and our family. The meal and decorations were only half of it as she took great pride in giving. When the time came, everyone gathered in the great room and she positioned herself so she could watch as all the children and grandchildren opened gifts, finding joy in the smiling faces and boisterous laughter. She loved to give and gave with love.
Mimi was once sitting around a table with movie stars and directors (not to brag but she sat right next to Colin Firth) at the opening to Mamma Mia in London. She had a penchant for the theatre, movies, television, and all types of authorship. She herself was a writer and author. She spent days writing her stories, while sometimes she wrote heartbreaking stories that we can all relate to, she wrote about an abundance of good that comes as well, she wrote about life. There was a time where pages and pages of notes, life stories, and entire chapters, all handwritten in meticulous cursive could be found in her home. The emotions were palpable on the day her first book was published, immeasurable sense of accomplishment, tears of joy, laughter, she had finished her book. Then it was on the next.
Mimi loved her family, no one more than her husband Reg Collins. Married for over 50 years, together they built businesses, cultivated the farm, and raised their children. She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter Mitchell and Irene Lowe, her sister Betty Turner, her son Buster Malone, and her grandchildren Katie Hall, Preston Ganske, and Solomon Pilsl. She is remembered by her children Sherry Malone, Danny Malone, Todd Collins, Gina Donahue, Christie Pilsl, and Josh Malone; as well as her grandchildren Elizabeth Malone-Reynolds, Michael Malone, Luc Ganske, Ashley Malone, Garrett Malone, Patrick Malone, Sarah Malone, Adriana Stringer, Noah Collins, Kari Maxwell, Gabriel Pilsl, Celeste Eibensteiner, Raphael Pilsl, Gideon Pilsl, and Samson Pilsl; and many great-grandchildren.
She lived a full life and enjoyed many moments of complete and utter joy. It goes without saying that her marriage to Reg, the birth of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were some of those best moments. She leaves in each of us a moment or two we will all cherish, and for that we thank God.
Services will be held at Harvest Baptist Church in Verdigris on Friday August 27,2021 at 1pm.
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