Irene “Louise” Collins

Irene “Louise” Collins

Irene “Louise” Collins

We regretfully announce the passing of Irene “Louise” Collins (94) of Lake Stevens, Washington, on September 16, 2021. She was surrounded by her family and passed away peacefully.

Louise was born in Smoot, Wyoming, in 1926 to Wilford “Austin” and Alice Elnora (Johnson) Porter. In 1946, Louise met Jefferson “Jeff” Collins while working at a restaurant in Pocatello, Idaho, that prepared food for the troop trains coming through. They went dancing, fell in love and were later married in Olympia, Washington, for 58 years. They resided for several years in Shelton, Washington, until Jeff’s career took them on an adventure to Alaska (Ketchikan) and later Kodiak where they lived for nearly 30 years. During Louise’s time in Alaska, she was very active in politics. In the ’60s she joined the movement of equal rights for women. She was the president of the League of Women Voters of Alaska and the school board president for many years.  Louise and Jeff retired and lived for 34 years in Lebanon, Oregon.

Louise was a loving, compassionate and dedicated mother, raising four strong, independent daughters. She was our rock and constant supporter. Our family would not be where it is today if we didn’t have her as our mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Whether it was a bonfire on the beach playing charades, a boat trip, a fabulous cooked meal, a bridge game or the countless volunteer hours she gave to her communities, Louise touched so many friends and family.  She will be missed dearly.

Lousie was predeceased by her husband Jeff; daughter Mary; son-in-law Paul Ossowski; parents Austin & Alice (Johnson) Porter; brothers Max and Melvin; and sisters Eva and Della Mae Gibbons.  She leaves behind her daughter Jean and son-in-law Tim McDaniel; daughters Cathy Decater and Barbara Ossowski; 7 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sisters Florence and Betty; and brother Lynn and sister-in- law Seloma.

No service will be held at this time. Plans for a celebration of life will be held next year when large gatherings are allowed.

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