Etta (Metz) Collins passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, ending her battle for recovery from a December 2020 fall. On June 18, 1931, in the heart of the Great Depression, Etta was born in Euclid, WV to the late William Festus Metz and Locie (Cottrell) Metz. Preceded in death by brothers Bert (Ruth) Metz and Russell (Becky) Metz, sisters Opal (Bill) Bartley, Elva (John) Filkins and Thelma (Don) Yarger.
She is survived by her husband of almost 69 years, Junior Collins; daughter Linda (Dan) Elbon, son Ron (Linda) Collins, daughter Anita (Stewart) Sollitto and son Brad (Lynda) Collins; 5 grandchildren - Mike, Wayne, Christina, Lisa and Erica.
Growing up during tough times, she was sent to live with various relatives who taught her how to work hard and have fun. She learned about nature - which she dearly loved. She learned the names of flowers and trees by their scientific and common names. She learned how to sow seeds and raise a garden. She learned how to cook a meal out of anything that came to hand and did it so well you'd ask her to make it again! These early years taught her not to complain - but to survive! She took life as it came and always tried to make it better! Those early experiences gave her a desire to always put others needs ahead of her own.
Naturally creative and incredibly intelligent, she was always growing things, writing poetry and finding ways to entertain her family and friends. Always quick witted and with a great sense of humor, it was hard to get anything over on her. She would either leave you laughing or clutching your backside after one of her legendary whippings!
She was the one who introduced us to church and to our relationship with God and His Son, Jesus. She and dad sang in the choir and brought us to Sunday School and church. She did the same for school activities - learning to drive so she could take us back and forth. She took classes by mail to get her GED and even had her poetry published!
As a mom, she was awesome! Always supportive and helpful! Generous with advice, she always told you what she thought. As a grandmother, she began passing along her love of nature and creativity to her grandchildren. She was an easy person to talk to and seemed to genuinely understand the troubles of others. Everyone thinks their mom is the best - but she truly was! She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Private Services will be held for the family.
In honor of her kind heart and desire to help feed those in need, please make donations to the Haven of Rest or your local food bank in her name.
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