Irene (Tillie) Harriett Collins
1917 – 2008
Irene (Tillie) Collins, the daughter of Joseph and Alpha (Smith) Littell, was born April 23, 1917 in Grand Junction, Iowa and departed this life
On July 8, 1933, Irene Littell was united in marriage to Wilbur Collins at the Presbyterian Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. To this union were born three children. After their marriage, they farmed south of Scranton until 1940, and they bought a farm south of Churdan. They were married 66 years before Wilbur passed away in November of 1999. Tillie and Wilbur were members of the United Methodist Church of Jefferson.
Tillie was a woman of many talents. She was a wonderful seamstress who enjoyed making clothes for her daughters. She liked to refinish furniture and enjoyed decorating tables for special events. She kept busy with a garden, canning, farm work and sewing in the early years. She was a good cook who was always ready to prepare meals for guests. She helped Wilbur on the farm until they moved to Jefferson in 1992. Tillie was able to stay in her home until October of this year. Tillie and Wilbur traveled extensively and had been to 49 states, Canada and Europe. They wintered in Winter Haven, Florida for 15 years. Many will remember when asked how she was, Irene would always reply, “If I was any better, I couldn’t stay it”.
Tillie is survived by her daughters, Joan Allen of Churdan, Jean Naylor and her husband, Dee, of Scranton and her son, Dr. James Collins and his wife, Linda, of Ankeny, grandchildren; David and Mary Allen, Rick and Lori Allen, Chris and Karla Naylor, Debi and Jay Ostrander, Angela and Mark Perschnick and Valerie and Jesus Alvarado, 13 great-grand-children, and 5 Great-great-grandchildren. Those who preceded her in death were her parents, husband, sisters; Edith Crowder, Letha Frewert, Myrtle Thornton, Fern Taylor and Josephine Flagel, bothers; Guy Littell, Olin Littell and Jerry Littell and son-in-law, John Allen.