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    - Mary Collins
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    - Lucia Waterman
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    - Marilyn Dorsett
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    - Jason Skipton
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    - Craig and Margaret Skipton
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December 11, 1976 ~ October 20, 2012
"Her ever-beaming smile, positive
and spiritual outlook, and quirky sense of humor
were appreciated by friends and relatives of all ages."

Ann Collins passed away in the early hours of Oct. 20, 2012, after a long hard fought battle against breast cancer for the last 2 1/2 years. She was born on Dec. 11, 1976, in Denver, CO to Tim and Mary Collins. The second of two children, Ann's childhood was spent in Denver, CO and Vancouver, WA.
An artist at heart, Ann grew up singing in the Colorado Children's Chorale, and pursued a passion playing the cello throughout her middle and high school years.
Growing up, Ann made countless friends with whom she has she had relationships her entire life. As a young adult her passion for people was evident with the overwhelming number of friends that she was able to introduce to her family during her last days.
After graduating in 1995, from Columbia River High School in Vancouver, she moved to Denver and was employed in various positions.
In 2006, she met her partner in life, Bill Mitchell, and they moved to Mesquite, NV, where Bill is an owner/agent for a Farmers' Insurance agency.
In 2007, Ann suffered major physical and head trauma; after many months of rehabilitation, she returned to work as a receptionist at a local care facility; it was here that her positive outlook shone for the staff and residents.
On May 4, 2009, Ann and Bill welcomed to everyone's lives the birth of their son, Connor Byron Mitchell. As a beautiful mother, Ann's devotion to Connor was evident in her fight against cancer, never yielding until her final breath.
Ann is survived by her son, Connor Mitchell and her partner, Bill Mitchell of Mesquite; her mother, Mary L. Collins of Kelso, WA; her father, Tim, and his wife Sandra Collins of Denver, CO; her brother, Chris Collins of Denver; and countless aunts, uncles, cousins and friends around the country.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Timothy and Kathleen Collins of CA, and Frank and Hazel Lundberg of Denver; and her beloved cousin, Sean Collins, of Yelm, WA, who died in service to his country in Afghanistan.
In passing, Ann has left a physical void in everyone's life she has touched, but we each have retained
the memory of joy, love, happiness, and courage that
Ann gifted to her family and friends over the years.
A funeral service will be held on Sat., Nov. 3, 2012 in Mesquite, at Valley Presbyterian Church. A second service will be held in December in Denver, CO at the Kirk of Bonnie Brae where her cremains will be placed with her Grandma and Grandpa Lundberg.
In lieu of flowers, Ann has suggested donations to St. Jude's Children Hospital or breast cancer research. She also has requested that we all take time to donate 10 hours annually to local cancer support groups by giving rides to appointments, sitting during chemo appointments, and help with cleaning and cooking for people suffering from the disease that claimed her life so early.
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 1, 2012
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