Collins (née Warren), Gloria Eillena

Collins (née Warren), Gloria Eillena

February 22nd, 2019


Passed peacefully at University Hospital, on Friday, February 22, 2019, at the age of 85. Beloved wife of George for 67 years. Cherished Mom of Doug, Thomas (deceased), Sue and Tim (Diane). Missed by sister Sara, sisters-in-law Margaret, Dale, and brother-in-law Allen. Adored Gramma of Kristen (Owen), Sasha (Scott), Colin, Jordan, Stephanie (Adam), Wade (Kelsey), Jaime, Jeffrey (Jessica), Jenna (Jevon), Joshua (Venessa) and Jerrika (Alex), and Great-Gramma of Lauryn, Savannah, Nevaeh, Nolan, Daphne, Ethan, Liam, Harper, Everleigh, Emilia, Lilah, Chayse and Abigail. Born in Gananoque, Ontario, and moved to Chapleau, Ontario in 1943. She married George A. Collins in 1952 and began her legacy as the best Mom and Gramma. Gloria loved golfing, curling, gardening, travelling, playing bridge, painting, knitting and needlework. She belonged to a variety of clubs and organizations, and also gave much of her time volunteering for the Canadian Cancer Society and the Meals on Wheels Program in Meaford. One of her favourite places was the camp in Mulligan’s Bay, where Gloria, George and the family have countless happy memories.
Thoughts from a few of her grandchildren:

“Gloria was “Gramma” to her grandchildren, whom she so enjoyed spending time with. Gramma was always busy with her g-kids. Whether that be at camp; swimming, fishing, boating, or walking the camp road to pick up litter and rocks, she always had things to do and keep us entertained. Gramma also enjoyed skiing, snowshoeing, golfing, a good game of cards, Balderdash, or Scattergories with her g-kids. Gramma had a beautiful smile, and always gave the best hugs, and made the best Sunday dinners.”
“A beautiful soul that was full of grace and elegance, with a smile that could brighten your day; a laugh that could warm your heart. An outdoorsy woman who wasn’t afraid to out-fish or out-golf anyone. She taught me so much, she believed in me, she made me feel magical. She was an angel to her grandchildren and a great inspiration to me. She was my comfort food. She was my home.”

“Strong, beautiful, kind, honest, fearless and funny. These are just a few things that describe a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, cousin, aunt, and friend. Gloria was one of the strongest women I had the privilege of calling family. George couldn’t have found a better person to create a life with. She kept him busy, happy, moving and in line, because that is who she was. She walked through life with kindness, honesty and purpose. You always knew if you were doing it right, and if it was wrong, you quickly learned how to do it right.”

 “ ‘… the purpose of life, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.’ – Eleanor Roosevelt

I think this quote perfectly embodies who Gloria was – a woman who lived each day, be it good or bad, with purpose and grace. We can all learn something from knowing and being in the presence of such a strong, selfless, honest and beautiful woman. May we cherish the attributes we inherited, the memories we created, and the love that surrounded us every day.”

A Celebration of Life and burial will be conducted at CHAPLEAU TOWNSHIP CEMETERY, on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Gloria's granddaughter, Kristen, will be hosting an Open House to celebrate Gloria after the burial. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Gloria are asked to consider Mission Services of London. 

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Book of Condolences

Debra CappellaniOur deepest condolences to the Collins families and friends. I have fond memories of Gloria at the Chapleau curling club and her love of the game and the social part as well. She will be missed. ❤️🙏
Elizabeth Potvin (Welch)My hard is very heavy today as I read this obituary. Gloria was an amazing women with kindness in her heart that can not be imagined. I want to give my sincere condolences to Doug, Susan, Tim and all family members at such a difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Richard and Leslie MorinOur deepest sympathy to all the family in the loss of such a lovely lady.
Leo DumontelleSincere Condolences to George, Susan, Doug and all the Collins family. Such a wonderful lady and neighbor. R.I.P. Gloria.
Marcy SarrazinSo sorry for your loss, our deepest condolences to the family. ❤️❤️❤️
John corstonMy sincerest condolences to the entire family.
Den-Val LadouceurSincere heartfelt condolences George & family ... Gloria will be sadly missed ... but happily remembered ...
Shirley McLellan LaVigneMy deepest sympathy to you George and all your family. I am so sad that my best friend since 1945 has passed. Rest in peace my dear friend.
Lorraine LemieuxMy thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends in these difficult times. May she Rest In Peace.
Hugh & Annalee McKechnieFor me, the little kid who lived next door to Gloria when she and George set out on life’s journey together, and Annalee, a high school teacher from Alberta, who enjoyed many conversations with Gloria, we extend our condolences to all of you, George, Sara, and the wonderful family that continues to grow and keep Gloria alive in a world that needs her kind of humanity.
Yvette JoyalDeepest sympathy to George,Doug,Susan and Tim and all the family ! Remembers her as a dear friend ,a fantastic golfer,curler,card player! Loved to socialize with her ! RIP dear friend ! Love Yvette im
Marg WalshWarm memories of a dear friend! My sincere condolences to you, George, and to Doug, Susan, Tim and families
Jim ChambersDeepest sympathy to George, Doug, Susan, Tim and all the Collins and Warren families from my mother (Marie) and myself. Many fond memories of Gloria go back to joint baby sitting sessions, kids birthday parties, bridge clubs, golfing, and curling in the 50's and 60's. Gloria was truly a wonderful and kind person who always found the good things in life, always had a positive thing to say and always had a smile on her face - a lesson for all of us.
Jane and André Paquettte Our deepest sympathies for your loss. She was a wonderful lady. May you find peace in all the good memories she inspired.
Vivian McLeanGloria was who we all wanted to be she was beautiful inside and out ..She had a smile that lit up a room and sure had a sense of humor. I did golf and curl with her in Chapleau and always had fun... George I'm sorry for your loss take care of yourself .........................................Vivian
Jim & Sandra EvansIt is with great sadness that we learned of Gloria's sudden passing. She was a dear friends for many decades. When we think of Gloria it is a memory of a warm, generous, caring woman who always greeted us with a big smile and warm welcome. She was always fun to be with and a great story teller. Gloria had boundless love for her family and took great pride in their achievements. We extend our deepest sympathy to George, Doug, Tim and Susan and their families. We know how much you will miss her. We will all miss her.
Janine Warren JalbertMy heart goes out to all of you. What a blessing to have had such a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother to have touched each one of you as she did. Gloria was truly a warrior and a great example to all who knew her. I was blessed to have had an aunt who touched my heart also.
Jeff NobleVery sorry to hear about your mom’s passing Sue. Condolences and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.
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