, Port Arthur, Texas


March 15, 2012

Lela Collins

Jeanerette, LA —  Lela Mae Collins, 97, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 in Port Arthur, TX. She was born on September 9, 1914 in Jeanerette, LA to James and Elnora Reeder. After graduating from Lincoln at 20, she went on to work on the Kansas City Southern Railroad, as a waitress, a hairdresser, and finally as a housekeeper. She lived in Houston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, but decided to settle here in Port Arthur with Ernest Collins.

   Lela was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest; her parents, James and Elnora; her brothers Frank and Fred Reeder; her sisters, Lillian Boswell and Audrey Langford; and her daughter, Barbara Hollins. She is survived by her sister, Elizabeth Ratcliff(Wilson), her granddaughter, Latonya Hollins; Greg, James and Harvey Ratcliff; James and Glen Reeder, Gail Caesar, Anthony Carter, and other nieces and nephews.

   Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at Gabriel Funeral Home, with a period of visitation prior to the service from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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