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Peggy Ann Collins

Aug 07, 1938 – Feb 24, 2014

Peggy Ann Collins, 75, loving wife and mother, entered eternal life on February 24, 2014, with her family at her side at her home in New Castle.

Peggy Collins was born in Glenwood Springs on August 7, 1938, the third and final daughter of Claire Hubbard and Wanda Jo (Kenton) Hubbard.

Early on, she fostered a love of music. She played the baritone horn in the band at Glenwood Springs High School. Before long, she was part of a singing group, “The Barberettes,” an all-girl version of a barbershop quartet. Along with her sister and two friends, the group performed throughout the valley, and made their television debut singing on KREX-TV in Grand Junction back in the late ’50s. Over the years, her musical tastes ran the gamut, from classical to country, and of course, her beloved Elvis. In the mid-’50s, she was a candidate for Strawberry Days Queen. Her high school years were spent bringing home every stray cat she came across, and working at the family business, the old Hubbard’s Market on Grand Avenue. She later worked as a switchboard operator for Mountain Bell.

On August 31, 1959, she married her high school sweetheart, Kenneth R. Collins, after he’d chased her for years. When he joined the Air Force, they moved around the country, with stops in Biloxi, Mississippi; Abilene, Texas; Midwest City, Oklahoma; Merced, California; and Aurora, Colorado.

They settled back home in Glenwood Springs, and later moved to their country home along the banks of the Colorado River west of New Castle, where they raised two loving sons.

She loved to spend her vacations at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, with her sister Kay and a bevy of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Peggy was a loving, supportive, nonconfrontational woman: except when it came to playing cards. She was a cutthroat pinochle and “three-thirteen” player, and an admitted sore loser.

She was also the rock of her family, a sounding-board for loved ones in trouble, and a shoulder to cry on. She also had an infectious laugh and a wicked sense of humor. And there’s no way to ever fill the hole she’s left in the hearts, minds and lives of everyone who knew and loved her.

Peggy is survived by her husband Kenneth R. Collins of New Castle, Colorado; son Eric D. (Trisha) Collins of Grand Junction, Colorado; son Michael W. (Chrissy) Collins of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; sister Joan (Lamar) Podbevsek of Clifton, Colorado; sister Kay (Ron) Page of Lake Ozark, Missouri; and brother Ray (Susie) Hubbard of Wichita, Kansas. She’s also survived by five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2pm Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

The family suggests memorials be sent to Home Care and Hospice of the Valley, in memory of Peggy Collins.


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