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03/27/16 - NNHS Newsletter -
Janis Parker Collins

Janice Parker Collins
(1947 - 01 Feb 2016)

Mt. Vernon Township High School (IL) Class of 1965

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   
  I was quite distressed to learn this very sad, if somewhat belated, news today.
     Janis Parker Collins, Mt. Vernon Township High School (IL) Class of 1965, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday, February 01, 2016 at the age of 68. Wife of       Rip Collins ('65) of TN, she was the sister-in-law of Neta Collins Hastings ('60) of VA.

      From Rip Collins ('65) of TN - 03/26/15, 11:41 AM - "    Janis Parker Collins":


My wife passed away on Feb. 1 as a result of Small Cell Carcinoma which is an incurable cancer. The story attached is not an obituary, but is intended to be a love story. I should have sent this out earlier, but it has been depressing since Janis has been gone.

Rip Collins

Janis My Love

  Doubt many husbands would stand up --- This is what Janis would want.

Janis suffered through 2 forms of cancer - 4 chemos and 2 radiation

Fought through it for 3 years

Worst Christmas

Best Christmas Dec. 1967. University of Miami

Worked at a post office in Newport News met Buddy Spencer

Told me how beautiful the campus was, girls, professors

Told father

Went down sight unseen

It was as Buddy described and even more so. Also, it was a time when Archie Manning

I was in paradise

Dated a lot first year, but felt nothing

Got down on my knees and prayed to God to send me an angel

Asked for forgiveness

2 weeks later fraternity brothers told me they found the perfect girl for me

Was unsolicited and felt being set up Declined offer

Kept after me until I finally conceded.

Beach Party picked up at sorority house exact figure that I described to God

We hit it off right from the beginning Car incident

After 2 or 3 dates asked me why I decided to come to Ole Miss Told her about post office

Asked me if that person I spoke to was Buddy Spencer Not going to believe this

Did not dawn on me until later that Buddy was a messenger from God. He did not know

Been around long enough to know, apple does not fall far from the tree Meet parents.

Train thumbed to Mount Vernon, IL

Parents very much loved each other and plus Mrs. Parker was an attractive lady at 50 or so.

We had 2 wonderful girls

   Oh, Russell! I am so very, very sorry! I cannot possibly imagine what you are and have been enduring! You have my deepest sympathies.
Your beautiful poem is by turns open and moving and private and inscrutable, just as is love itself. Thank you for sharing it with us.

From the (Nashville) Tennessean - 02/03/16:

                   Janis Parker Collins


NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - Janis P. Collins of Nashville Tennessee was received by God the Son on February 1, 2016 after a 3 year battle with 2 types of cancer.

Mrs. Collins was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. Nathaniel Albert Parker and Mrs. Margaret May Parker; is survived by her husband of 46 years, Mr. Russell "Rip" Collins; daughters, Stephanie Brown (Charlie) and Stacy Collins; brothers, Richard Parker (Ann) and David Parker (Judy).

Janis was a graduate of the Mt. Vernon Township High School (Mt. Vernon, IL) and the University of Mississippi. She was a devoted mother who chose to not work until her daughters entered college. She worked part time for GAP for 20 years, which she thoroughly enjoyed,


Janis, Stephanie, Stacy and Rip  

Mrs. Collins was a member of the Belle Meade United Methodist Church and the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority where she was a Junior Panhellenic Representative.

Visitation for Janis will be Wednesday, February 3, 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Harpeth Hills Funeral Home; again Thursday 9:30 - 11:00 AM at Belle Meade United Methodist Church; a Celebration of Life will begin at 11:00 AM.

Published in Tennessean on February 3, 2016.
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February 03, 2016

Stacy, Stephanie, and Uncle Russell....words cannot express the sadness I feel hearing the tragic news of Aunt Janis's passing....she was such a beautiful person inside and out and she will be dearly missed! As challenging as I know this is right now I pray that you each find comfort knowing that she is at total peace now and is resting comfortably in God's arms....You are all in my thoughts and prayers...

~ Kathlyn Hastings

February 04, 2016

Russell, I know this has been a very sad time for all of you. Please know that I will be keeping you in my prayers.

~ Jeanette McWilliams Welsh

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   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Rip and to all of Janis' family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Come, Ye Disconsolate

Words by Thomas Moore; alt. by Thomas Hastings
Music by Samuel Webbe

Come, ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish.
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.

Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
"Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot cure."

Here see the bread of life; waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
Earth has no sorrow but heaven can remove.

"Come, Ye Disconsolate" midi courtesy of - 10/06/05

"Come, Ye Disconsolate" lyrics courtesy of - 10/06/05

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

Peach Flowers and Butterflies Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 04/05/05

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