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Barbara June (Christian) Collins

June 20, 1955 ~ February 1, 2024 (age 68) 68 Years Old

Barbara Collins Obituary

Barbara Christian Collins, age 68, of Vass, passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2024, at 2:00 pm at Cox Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.

Barbara was born in Colorado to the late Ray Roy Christian and Verna Morris Christian. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Christian.  

On June 20, 1955, the Lord blessed us with such a beautiful soul, Barbara June. She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, aunt, mother, grandmother and friend. She was born in Leadville Colorado, on the count of Papa Ray working in the coal mines. They eventually made their way back to their home state of North Carolina where she grew up with her brother and sisters and was always surrounded by her loving family. She always loved an adventure, with the beach being one of her favorite places to be, outside in the fresh air. She took delight in all of God’s beautiful creations from smelling flowers to bird watching and everything in between. She loved long early morning walks on the beach watching the sunrise and looking for seashells and shark teeth to add to her collection.  She also loved gardening and life on a farm. She didn’t mind getting her hands dirty. She grew up good and strong thanks to her wonderful parents Verna and Ray Christian. While attending Union Pines High School, she met and fell in love with Charles Collins. After years of courting, they were married and nine months later, they welcomed their first child, a precious baby girl, Paula Ann. After ten years, they felt their family was complete, but they would soon add two more precious baby girls, Tracy and Kelly and one wild boy, Lee. Family became her whole world.  They had just celebrated 51 years of marriage.

In her early twenties she found an interest for the cosmetic industry and soon after pursued a career in Cosmetology. She opened up her own beauty shop, where she had a fabulous clientele. No one ever left her salon unhappy. They always left looking and feeling so refreshed and refined. She was very talented in her trade. There wasn’t anything she couldn’t do. She always said, “you can do anything you put your mind to”. When her youngest son was 10 years old, she became a grandmother, which later was to be determined “Ninny”. She welcomed her first great-grandchild on her 56th birthday. She was blessed with 13 grandchildren and 10 great- grandchildren and she adored her babies. There was nothing we could do wrong. We always knew Ninny would never tell us no. She taught us all greatly. There is so much more I could say about her, like how much she loved to read and do puzzles, spend time with her family, go fishing and four wheeling. She even rode all the roller coasters with me at Disney. She thoroughly enjoyed action packed movies as well as some scary ones. What an amazing cook she was and how she loved to joke and laugh, dance and sing. Her smile was priceless, and her heart was pure. We looked up to her so much. Our Heavenly Father took her home to be in Heaven. I know she’s up there waiting for us! There will always be a very special place in our hearts for Ninny. This isn’t goodbye; this is a tribute to you. We love you and celebrate your life. You have left your mark here with us and you will forever be cherished. Until we meet again.

She leaves behind her husband, Charles Lee Collins, Sr.; children, Paula Nieves (Tito) of Vass, Tracy Paterson (Justin) of Greenville, Kelly Kennedy of Vass, Charles Lee Collins, Jr. also of Vass; sisters, Linda Muse (Sandy), Peggy Marsh (Lavern), Carol Deese (Gary), Dana Trolio (Tony), Bonnie Roberts (Mike) all of Carthage; thirteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

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Celebration of Life
February 10, 2024

2:00 PM
Cox Memorial Funeral Home
4888 US Hwy 1
Vass, NC 28394

February 10, 2024

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Cox Memorial Funeral Home
4888 US Hwy 1
Vass, NC 28394


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