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KATHLEEN ARIEL LIBERTY COLLINS

The Collins, Liberty and Logan families announce the home-going of Mrs. Kathleen Ariel Liberty Collins, mother, grand-mother, great-grand-mother, aunty, cousin and friend. The sad event occurred on Monday, September 23, 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States of America. Known as “Mama” and “Ma” to her children, “Neneh” to her nieces and nephews, “Mother” to students, fellow parishioners and church members, Tea Kathleen, Sis Kathleen to friends and confidants, our mother leaves a rich legacy that will not be matched easily.

Kathleen Ariel Liberty Collins was born on December 14, 1934 to the union of Hilary R.W. Liberty and Sarah “Scottie” Logan in Lower Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, Liberia, West Africa. She attended elementary, junior & senior high school in Buchanan, Sanniquelle and Monrovia. In high school she met a dashing young clergyman, the Reverend Deacon Amos Bani Collins, newly assigned to St. John’s Episcopal Church in Buchanan. They were married on April 15, 1959. Theirs was a home filled with children – their own, and numerous nieces and nephews – at one point as many as 25 persons were dependents. She was determined that all who came through that household would have the necessary basic skills to succeed in life including self-esteem, hard work and honesty. Her caring nature and concern for the welfare of others won affection from many. She had a great sense of humor and this always engendered a calm and loving atmosphere in the home and where ever she was.

Orphaned at the tender age of four, Kathleen picked up many values and virtues from the relatives who raised her and her only sibling (Louise, two years younger), among them humility and respect. From her favorite “Aunty Grand,” Phoebe Logan she learned to sew, a life skill that would be a life-saver, employing it many a time to supplement her family’s income. She made vestments for her husband and many a clergy person, and she sewed for young and old, students and socialites. The current standard uniform worn by students of Episcopal schools in Liberia was her brainchild, a fact for which she became “unknowingly renown.”

Mother Collins was a faithful companion to her husband and a loyal supporter of his vocation as a minister of the Gospel. She accompanied him on his postings around the country and beyond to schools and churches in Liberia, Guinea and The Gambia. Therein she earned her own reputation as “Mother Collins” whether she was making clothes for them, assisting them in the Registrar’s Office or being an advisor to young men and women.

Mama was predeceased by Daddy in 2013 after 54 years of marriage. She is survived by ten children: Martha of Suffolk, Virginia; Frances (Archbishop Jonathan Hart) of Monrovia, Liberia; David (Mary Weahdi) of Trenton, New Jersey; Jeremiah (JC) of Pennsylvania; Hilary (Marilyn) of Monrovia, Liberia; Theodore of Lusaka, Zambia; Christian of Monrovia, Liberia; Amoleen (Lloyd Diggs) of Raleigh, North Carolina; Vashti (Reverend Edward Thompson) of Galveston, Texas; and Mardea (Jon Higginbottom) of London, the UK, 43 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Dr. James K.B. Collins (Barbara); one niece, Rowena; two nephews, Eugene Lewis, Jr. and Andy Kelly; numerous cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services of Celebration of the life of Mother Kathleen Ariel Liberty Collins are as follows:
Vigil (Wake Keeping)

Friday, October 18, 2019 – 6-10pm
Lea Funeral Home
2500 Poole Road, Raleigh, N.C. 27610

Funeral Service
Saturday, October 19, 2019 – 10:00 am
St. Timothy Episcopal Church
4523 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27609

Interment will follow at
Historic Oakwood Cemetery
701 Oakwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27611

Tributes
Tributes may be sent to: The Reverend Edward Thompson at wudabo62@aol.com (504-320-4857) no later than October 11.

Contacts in the United States
Amoleen Collins-Diggs: 919-798-4974
Martha McIntosh: 267-250-5291
Vashti Collins-Thompson: 409-223-2453
David G. Moore – 609-203-9624

Contacts in Liberia
Hilary W. Collins: 011-231-866-415209 / 777-415-209 (nzuoba@gmail.com)
Bishop Jonathan Hart: 011-231-886-516343 (jbbhart@yahoo.com)
Christian M. M. Collins, Sr.: 011-231-886-514469 (c_ceeco@yahoo.com)

For those planning to attend the services, nearby hotels are:

Courtyard by Marriott Raleigh Triangle Town Center
3401 Sumner Blvd
Raleigh, NC 27616
919-645-00889

Hampton Inn Raleigh
3621 Spring Forest Road
Raleigh, NC 27616
919-872-7111

Hilton Garden Inn
6412 Capital Blvd
Raleigh, NC 27616
919-925-7881

Four Points by Sheraton North
4400 Capital Blvd
Raleigh, NC 27604