Helen V. Collinson,
92, died Tuesday at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the wife of James A. Collinson. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late James and Magdalene ( Donnelly) DeMars, she was a Warwick resident for 10 years previously living in Florida, West Kingstown and Cranston.
Helen was named R.I. State Mother of the Year in 1978. She was a long time member of the Gaspee Day Committee. She had been a member of the Hendricken High School Mother's Club. She was a volunteer at Roger Williams Hospital and at Christ the King Church. She was a former member of the General Federation of Cosmopolitan Women's Clubs. While living in Florida, she was a volunteer at Columbia Hospital in Brandon.
Besides her husband she leaves 2 Daughters: Beverly Costello of Clearwater, Fl. And Marianne Collinson Farrell with whom she lived. Five sons: James of Cranston, William of Broad View Heights, Ohio, John of sandwich, Ma., Albert of Berlin, MA and Richard of West Kingstown. 13 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren. She was the sister of the late James and Theodore DeMars, Marion O'Connor, Dorothy Conway and Veronica Flynn.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 9:30am in Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Church, 84 Exeter Rd., Exeter, RI. Burial will be in the R.I. Veterans Cemetery. Calling hours Friday 4-7 in the Urquhart Murphy Funeral Home. 800 Greenwich Ave., Greenwood, Warwick.
Donations in her memory may be made to VNA of Care New England, 51 Health Lane, Warwick, R.I. 02886.
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