Mary Lois Hester Collins
Feb 13, 2022 – Oct 10, 2009
Mary Lois” Hester Collins 87 of Louisa died peacefully at the home of her sister Saturday October 10 2009 after a long and hard fought battle with ovarian cancer.
Lois was born in Louisa on February 13 1922 to Mary Louise Smith and Henry Ryland Hester. She was married to Arthur “Derby” Collins for 51 years before his death in 1996.
Lois worked at the Jefferson Shop for over 40 years until the store was destroyed by fire.
She was a member of Louisa United Methodist Church for over 75 years where she took care of the children in the nursery sang in the choir and enjoyed membership in the Wesleyan Guild and the Evelyn Hankla Circle. Lois was also the founding member and former officer of the K.S. Club.
Survivors include her loving sisters Mavis Allhiser and her husband Harold of Louisa; Edith Ulery of Charlottesville as well as a number of nieces nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her parents her brothers Haarold and Henry Ryland Jr.; her sisters Vernelle Amick and Alleyne Monkman and her husband Derby.
Family will receive friends Tuesday October 13 2009 from 6:00- 8:00 P.M. at Woodward Funeral Home Louisa. Funeral services will be held Wednesday October 14 2009 in the funeral home chapel interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery. The Rev. Robert Haley will officiate.
The family wishes to extend it’s deepest appreciation to Dr. Stefan Gorsch and his wonderful nurses; Amedysis Home Health Care Staff especially Lin and Chris; Hospice staff: Lori Laura David Ayako and Sheila; Roberts Home Medical Staff; Reverend Robert Haley and all the friends neighbors and church members who sent cards visited and called during Lois’ illness.
Lois believed in the lord and the redemption of Heaven where there is no more pain.
In lieu of flowers memorial contribution can be made to Louisa United Methodist Church P.O. Box 217 Louisa VA 23093 or Hospice of the Piedmont 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway Suite # 300 Charlottesville Virginia 22911.
Visit www.woodwardfuneral.com for online guestbook.
We were deeply saddened by the news of Lois` passing. She was more an aunt to me than a cousin. I can remember on Friday afternoons going uptown” with my Mom Margaret McGehee and we would always go to the Jefferson Shop to see Lois. It seemed like they talked for hours!!! I told Charley that Lois Derby Uncle Roy Aunt Kaky and my mom and dad are once again together and are enjoying being the the presence of our Lord.”
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lois was my aunt by marriage. Her husband, Derby, was my uncle he and my mom, Agnes, were brother and sister. In my mind, Lois was part of the Collins clan, and I loved her as though she were my aunt by blood. Heck, when I was young, I didn`t make that distinction. Lois was just Lois, my aunt, and I loved her dearly — and that never changed! EVERY time we`d go to visit family in Louisa, our first stop was the Jefferson Shop to see Lois! She is part of some of my fondest memories. What a fine lady! I`ll miss her and never forget her. So, Lois, I know you and Uncle Derby have a lot of catching up to do. I`m so sorry I couldn`t be at your funeral, but please know I`ll always love you dearly!