Ann Wilson Collins

October 19, 1928 - June 8, 2021

Ann Wilson Collins, 92, of Churchville, widow of R. Norman Collins, Sr., passed away June 8, 2021 at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community in Harrisonburg. 

Born October 19, 1928 in Tyro, Virginia, she resided in Churchville since the age of five.  She was the daughter of the late Thomas Newton Wilson and Vivian McAlpin Wilson.  She graduated from Churchville High School and was a long-time member of Loch Willow Presbyterian Church. 

She owned and operated Wilson Grocery in Churchville with her husband for many years.  She retired from the business office of King’s Daughters’ Hospital after 23 years of employment. 

Family members include daughter Ellen Ludwick (Carl) of Roanoke; sons Ray Collins, Jr. (Judy) of Clifton Forge and Steve Collins (Gail) of Penn Laird; a brother, Joseph Wilson of Athens, Tenn.; sister-in-law Virginia Leach of Bridgewater; six grandchildren, Nate Collins (Annie), Greg Ludwick (Sara), Susan Ormsbee, David Ludwick (Mindi), Mary Catherine Collins Bogard (Peter), Sarah Collins; and three great-grandchildren, Maddie and Celie Collins, and Alex Ludwick; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins. 

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, J. Phillip Collins; and a brother, Thomas N. Wilson, Jr. 

A funeral service will be held 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 13 in Loch Willow Presbyterian Church, officiated by Pastor Reed Hopkins.  Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Bear Funeral Home. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Loch Willow Presbyterian Church, PO Box 85, Churchville, VA  24421. 

The family is grateful to the staff of Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community and The Legacy at North Augusta.

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