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Frances A Collins

September 14, 1940 — August 9, 2017

Frances Arlene Collins (nee White) lifelong resident of Northern Kentucky died Wednesday, August 9th at St. Elizabeth hospital surrounded by family and friends who loved her dearly.  Aged 77 years and born on September 14th, 1940 to Arthur Lewis White, a railroad conductor and Mabel Agnes White (nee Moore) a homemaker in Elsmere.  Frances spent most of her childhood in Crescent Springs and attended Dixie Heights High School.  She was a member of St. Henry Catholic Church, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  Professionally, she worked tirelessly as a waitress at many of Northern Kentucky’s legendary restaurants beginning in the 1960’s such as the Carousel Inn, Lookout House, Town & Country, Greyhound Grill and others. She was also a key part of the service team during the Spiral Stakes and Tall Stacks. Franny retired from work life at age 70 after more than 20 years of dedicated service to the guests of the Commonwealth Hilton in Florence.  Franny, as she was known to her dear friends, was always the one whom the Maîtres de or manager relied on to provide excellence in service to the most discerning customers including celebrities, politicians, business leaders and sports stars.  She enjoyed and excelled at her work. It was a labor of love.  Her true passion however was her family.  She is survived by her husband of 54 years Patrick G. Collins of Ft. Wright along with three children.  Her son Richard P. Collins (wife Milja) of Helsinki, Finland and daughter Catherine M. Webster of Elsmere and son Dr. Danny Collins, DMD of Florence will miss her dearly.  Franny is also survived by a sister Betty McDonald of Fayetteville, Ohio and a brother Billy White of California, Kentucky. She was preceded in death by brothers John White, James White, Arthur White, Charles White and David White as well as sisters Katherine White and  Margaret Corbett. Franny thoroughly enjoyed spoiling her 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.  Reading and cooking were some of her hobbies in addition to travel.  She visited many parts of the United States with Naples, Florida being one of her favorite spots. She also made several trips to Europe with a special love of Scandinavia and Finland. Franny is now in the company of our Lord Jesus Christ and will be sorely missed by the many people whose lives she touched and whom she befriended. Franny will be laid to rest at Mother of God cemetery in Latonia, KY on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Rather than flowers the family would appreciate donations to the charity of donor’s choice. 
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mother of God Cemetery

, Covington, KY 41015

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