Born 11-29-1914 â€" Died 5-19-2005
Mildred Hall Collins, 90, of Ash Flat died May 19, 2005, at the NEA Medical Center in Jonesboro.
Born in Kittle, Ark., to Luke and Ada Andrews Hall Nov. 29, 1914, she was the descendant of several pioneer families in north central Arkansas and was the fourth generation to own the Hall homestead west of Ash Flat.
She loved laughter and life. She had been a member of the Ash Flat United Methodist Church since the age of 16 and was a Democrat.
Mildred was the recipient of the Couch 4-H Food Preser-vation Award in 1929 and frequently traveled with county home demonstration agents in Fulton County, teaching homemakers how to preserve foods during the Depression. She attend- ed then Arkanas College in Bates- ville, majoring in busienss and worked at a munitions plant in Jacksonville during World War II. She was an administraive assistant at Ash Flat High School, was a member of the Orde of the Eastern Star No. 318, and was active in the Arvin, Calif. School District PTA. Mildred contributed to the Ash Flat history book and was president of the Ash Flat Nursing and Rehab Center resident's council.
Survivors include her daughter, Millie Jo Collins (Sharp County Extension agent for family and consumer sciences) of Ash Flat; three nephews â€" Drs. George Scott Hall (Margie) of Fort Thomas, Ky., Ray Hall Jr. (Barbara) and John David Hall (Cathy) of Jonesboro; four great-nephews; four great-nieces; two great-great-nieces and other beloved relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, E.E. "Lige" Collins; parents; and a brother, Ray Hall, Sr.
The funeral service was held May 22 at the Ash Flat United Methodist Church with Larry Morris officiating. Interment was in Wiles Cemetery in Ash Flat with arrangements by Tri-County's Cherokee Chapel.
Pallbearers were Jim Collins, Rodney Martin, Jerry Howard, Ed Ericson, Dr. Mike Ledbetter, Larry Wiles and James Tanner.
Honorary pallbearers were Dean Himschoot, Lloyd Booth, Billy Joe French, Jack Richard-son, Johnie Nix, Dr. Jim Hurtzog, Robb Nisbet, Dan Orr, Bill Slayton, Billy Ray Nix, Edwin Ray Martin and Leonard Rader.
Memorials are preferred to the United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 339, Ash Flat, AR 72513; or to the NEA Clinic Charitable Foundation, 404 Creath Ave., Jonesboro, AR 72401.