Alice Collins was born February 1, 1922, on a farm near Franklin, Nebraska, to William (Bill) and Etta (Beinhoff) Jelken. She died August 24, 2007, at Mary Lanning Hospital, Hastings, Nebraska, at the age of 85 years, 6 months, and 23 days.
Alice attended school and graduated from Franklin Public Schools. She met and married Donald Homer Collins on July 17, 1948, at the Zion Lutheran Church, Macon, Nebraska. They raised two sons: Douglas C. and William.
She was a professional cake baker, making many cakes for weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays. She also worked at a medical clinic and helped with the delivery of many babies. Sometime during her working career she set type at a newspaper. Alice was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, Macon.
Alice was a talented lady. She loved to knit and crochet, and painted many pictures.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Albert Jelken.
Alice is survived by her two sons: Douglas C. and wife, Debbie Collins, of Pensacola, Florida, and William (Bill) and wife, Kay Collins of Council Bluffs, Iowa; three grandchildren: Sheila, Christine, and Daniel; and a host of other relatives.
A celebration of life service for Alice Collins was held Thursday, August 30, 2007, at 10:30 a.m., at the Zion Lutheran Church, Macon, Nebraska, with Pastors Baron and Nancy Cole officiating. Music was provided by Eunice Adam as organist, and the congregation sang hymns. A memorial will be established at a later date. Interment followed the services in the church cemetery. Hutchins Funeral Home, Franklin, Nebraska, was in charge of arrangements.