Edith M. Collins, 92, artist and writer

Edith M. Collins

Edith M. Collins was an artist and a writer.

She was the mother of radio personality E. Steven Collins.

Collins died in her sleep, Friday, May 24, 2013 at Cliveden Convalescent Center after a series of medical issues. She was 92.

She was born June 1, 1921 to Evan Charles and Reba Marie Dickerson in Philadelphia. She married Ernest J. Collins in February 1944. The couple had five children.

Her family said Collins’ primary career as mother and homemaker was her greatest joy. She took time to read stories, and Bible verses to all five of her children. Reading, literacy and diction were important to her. Collins spent hours sewing clothes, ironing, cleaning, decorating, cooking and baking for her husband and children. Summers were full with picnic trips to West Fairmount Park, vacations in Atlantic City and holidays at midnight mass, or Sunday services.

Collins was a member of the Our Lady of Victory parish until it consolidated in 2006 with two other churches. She served as a judge of election for many years in the fourth ward, assisting her community with voter engagement. Her family said some of her fondest memories were the election of W. Wilson Goode as Philadelphia’s first African American mayor and Barack Obama as the nation’s first African-American president.

In addition to her parents and husband; Collins was preceded in death by her sister, Reba and three brothers, Evan, Nathaniel, and Robert, all of Philadelphia

She is survived by her children and their spouses; Judy Cherry (Reginald) of Philadelphia; Janet Ridley of Philadelphia, Cheryl Jackson (Gregory) of Atlanta, Ga., E. Steven Collins (Lisa) and Michael Collins of Philadelphia; five grandchildren, Larry White, Jade Weidman, Danny Lackey, Rashid A. and Langston J. Collins; one sister-in-law, Catherine Dickerson and other relatives and friends.

Services will be held June 4 at Mount Zion Baptist Church of Germantown, 41 W. Rittenhouse St. Viewing is at 10 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Burial is in Glenwood Cemetery, 2321 Westchester Pike, Broomall.

Wood Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

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