Mary Sue Collins, 79, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in Pasadena, TX. She was born Mary Sue Rains on August 4, 1937 in Goose Creek, TX to the late James Howard Rains and Essie Loraine Payne Rains.
Sue was the loving mother of 6 children, grandmother of 8 and great-grandmother of 8. Sue lived most her life in the Pasadena area where she worked as a real estate broker for 30+ yrs and then a marketing representative at Texas America Title for 15 yrs where she eventually retired. For a brief period she also owned and operated a bed & breakfast and bakery in Jefferson, TX. Sue enjoyed many hobbies in her lifetime including painting, camping, collecting vintage items and traveling/cruising the world. She was a history buff and enjoyed learning about Texas history especially. Sue shared her love for the arts with her grandchildren by taking them to the theater annually for Christmas. In any spare time Sue actively volunteered for the Pasadena City Planning Commission as well as local and national political campaigns.
Most of all Sue enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She spent years coordinating family trips and holiday gatherings for everyone including one in her home just this past January. Sue’s family and friends will best remember her for her selflessness. Those closest to her each have unique stories of her many acts of kindness. More evidence of this exists in the numerous thank you notes in her home from organizations she supported and donated to all her life including the SPCA, Wounded Warrior Project and Feed the Children. Even in her final days, Sue was not worried about herself but only of her family. Sue was the family matriarch and she loved and appreciated each of her family members.
Sue is survived by her aunt Mabel Lazenby; 6 children: Rex Utsey and fiancée Barbara, Rhonda Lendo and husband John, Morris Utsey, Russell Utsey and wife Cindy, Clint Whatley, Denise Cervenka and husband Ron; 8 grandchildren: Brad and wife Sarah, Kari and husband Danny, Amanda and husband James, Rusti, Sandi, Jesse, Kali, Thomas and wife Keleigh; 8 great-grandchildren: Ethan, Addyson, Raeyln, Ava, Trey, Chase, Scarlett, Hadleigh; special family member: Christi Dalecky and numerous nieces and nephews. Sue was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Faye Jackson.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00pm., Friday, February 17th, at Niday-Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Grand View Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Sue Collins to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.