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collinsElsie Estella (Chalfant) Collins, age 88, daughter of David H. and Thelma King Chalfant was born September 11, 1924 in Richland, MO. She peacefully left this earth March 27, 2013 at the Life Care Center, Waynesville, MO.

Estella is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Homer, one brother Hollis, a son Roger, a step-son Carl, son-in-law Reide, and a great-great-grandson Ryan Wesley and 5 step-granddaughters.

She is survived by 2 daughters; Kaye Brinkmeyer, Lebanon MO, Estella “Honey Bee” Scurlock,(Pete), Newburg, MO, Edward “ED” Collins, Mountain Grove, MO, step-daughter Norma Jean Hutsell, Bucyrus, MO, step-son Dean Collins (Joy), St. Joseph, MO, daughter-in-law Imogene Collins, Success, MO, and Debbie Adams, Farmington, MO. 3 sisters; Mary S. Chalfant, Springfield, MO, Maxene Scott, Eilene Brann, Lebanon, MO, 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 7 great great-grandchildren and 9 step-grandchildren, 30 step great-grandchildren, 51 step great great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Estella grew up in the Richland, MO area. She was united in marriage to Homer E. Collins, and to this union 4 children were born. Estella was baptized at an early age and was a member of the First Christian Church in Richland, MO. She was very active in the church as long as her health permitted, always ready to bake a pie or cookies, or do whatever was needed for the occasion. Estella loved doing a variety of things including cooking, gardening, reading, sewing, bird-watching, fishing, playing Bingo and traveling.

Estella never met a stranger. Wherever you went, you could be assured she would know someone and have to stop and visit for a minute or two. Estella loved talking about her grandkids. They all have special memories of the time they spent with “Grandma”.

She worked at Fort Leonard Wood, MO for 30+ years, retiring in 1986. She often stated “I watched Fort Leonard Wood being built.” It was during that time that she met many people and made numerous friends over the years.

She lived a long life, along with family and friends, she will be missed but we know that she is enjoying the beauty of Heaven and is rejoicing in the place she has so long desired to see.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Life Care Center of Waynesville.

A Celebration of Estella’s life was held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday March 30, 2013 at Evans Funeral Home with Bob Leinbaugh officiating. Inurnment was held at Dykes Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

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