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Loretta Fox Collins
Loretta Fox Collins

Loretta Fox Collins, daughter of Orville and Clella Ledbetter Fox was born May 19, 1928 near Crider, Missouri, and passed away December 28, 2012 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

When she was a child the family moved to Kansas where her father worked in the oil fields. Several years later they returned to Missouri where Mrs. Collins graduated from Dora High School as class valedictorian.

On May 16, 1948 she married Marvin Feral Collins, who preceded in death February 12, 2000.

Mrs. Collins served as the Siloam Springs Route mail carrier thirty four years. She was the first female carrier at the West Plains Post Office. She enjoyed her work and the many friends she made.

She was a life-long member of the Church of Christ and was baptized at the age of twelve in Hutchinson, Kansas. Her present membership being with the Central Church of Christ in West Plains.

She is survived by her daughter, Carol Goehring and husband, George, of Independence, Missouri, a son, Steve Collins and wife, Debbie, of Doniphan, Missouri; three grandchildren, Scott Goehring and special friend, Kaitlen Besse, of Independence, Missouri, Mallory Morris and husband, Justin, of Jackson, Tennessee, and Monica Brown and husband, John, of Savannah, Tennessee; one brother, Max Fox and wife, Anna, of West Plains.

The mention of her grandchildren’s names always brought a smile to her face. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 2, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains, with Pat Casey officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday before the service.

Burial will be in Ledbetter Cemetery, Howell County, Missouri, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

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  1. Marilyn (Brotherton) Slack
    January 2, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. You and your family are in my prayers.

  2. Sara Skillin (Watts)
    January 2, 2013 @ 8:05 pm

    Steve, Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family during this time.

  3. Judy Campbell Ingalsbe
    January 3, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    Dear Steve & Family: I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She sure was an attractive lady and blessed with a long life. We all need to remember that each day is a gift from God and should be treated as such. You have many friends here in West Plains that are keeping you in our prayers.

  4. Paula Ritter England
    January 4, 2013 @ 12:35 pm

    I remember your mother well-she always had a kind word for me and a quick smile. I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.