Shirley J. Collins obituaryIn Loving Memory…

Shirley J. Collins

Shirley Joan Collins, 79, of Sedalia, passed away Sunday, July 11, 2021, at EW Thompson Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Born February 27, 1942, in Pettis County, she was one of three children of Franklin H. and Sophie C. (Wolf) Pabst.

She was baptized as an infant at St. Patrick Church.

Shirley was a 1960 graduate of Sacred Heart School.

On August 6, 1960, at St. Patrick Church, she was united in marriage to Nelson G. Collins by Fr. J.T. Nolan. Nelson and Shirley were 25 days short of celebrating their 61st anniversary.

Shirley was hired as a records clerk for the City of Sedalia in 1961. She was then appointed as the first female city clerk in 1982 and held that position until her retirement in 2004 with 43 years of service.

She received over 700 hours of training over the years and earned many certifications, including: Certified Municipal Clerk, one of only 35 statewide and 2000 worldwide to earn IIMC certification, was the 10th clerk from Missouri and 283rd member of IIMC Academy for Advanced Education, LAGERS board member, Master Municipal Clerks designation (first in Missouri to achieve that honor and tenth in the world), and received the Missouri City Clerks and Finance Officers Association Outstanding Clerk Award in 2003.

Shirley was active in the community, having served with Meals on Wheels for 20 plus years, United Way president in 1989, member of Whiteman AFB Community Council, Whiteman AFB Military Affairs committee, member of Missouri Emergency Preparedness, board member of Missouri Municipal League, and legislative member of Missouri Consolidated State Health Insurance.

Shirley was an active member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish and Daughters of Isabella.

Her hobbies included crocheting and knitting, flower gardening, shopping, going to the boat, and spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Surviving are her husband, Nelson; a son, John Rodney Collins and his fiancé, Cheri; and two grandsons, Ryan Collins and Cody Collins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Kenneth Pabst; a sister, Betty Wright; and sister-in-law, Phyllis Collins Ropcke.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 17, 2021, at St. Vincent de Paul St. Patrick Chapel, with Fr. Joe Corel and Deacon Peter Anderberg officiating.

Prayers of the Rosary will be said at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, with visitation to follow until service time.

Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Meals on Wheels, 2304 W. Broadway #333, Sedalia, MO 65301.

Arrangements are in the care of Heckart Funeral Home.


37 Responses

  1. What a great lady, I am so glad our paths met up so many years ago. You will be greatly missed.
    Fly with Angels. I know you will be watching over us all.

  2. Nelson and Family, Shirley was such a nice Lady, She will be missed. Thoughts and Prayers for the Family. Pat

  3. Nelson, Rodney, Ryan, Cody and the rest of Shirley’s family my sympathy and condolences to you. Shirley was always a delight to work with as a fellow volunteer with United Way, WAFB BCC, MAC, and the list goes on. She was such an asset to our community. Loved her smile, sense of humor, and sincere caring for others.

  4. Nelson,Rodney, Ryan and Cody sorry for your loss. SHIRLEY was a special person. Hugs and prayers.

  5. Nelson, Rodney so sorry for your loss. She will be greatly missed. Was a funny lady. She is now your forever Angel. You are all in my prayers.

  6. My condolences to the Collins family , especially Nelson. Shirley was a very nice lady and will be sadly missed. Rest in peace Shirley!

  7. I’m so sorry to hear this. My condolences to Nelson and Rodney. I’ve always had the utmost respect for Shirley and enjoyed her smile, wit and quick conversations when our paths crossed. Godspeed, dear lady.

  8. Rodney, so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was always very nice to me. I am sure she will be missed.

  9. Sincere sympathy to you Nelson, Rodney and family. Shirley had a remarkable career of service to our community. But most of all, she was a joy to all who knew her. Jack and I send our prayers.

  10. My aunt Shirley will be missed but not forgotten. Heavens arm’s are open wide for her. Our love and prayers for the family.

  11. Rodney thinking of you and your dad and family you have my deepest condolences.

  12. To Nelson, Rodney and the entire family . Shirley was one of a kind. I never had a conversation with her that I didn’t leave without a smile or a laugh. She was a special person and will be missed by everyone that knew her. I am so glad that I was one of those that had the great pleasure of knowing her! Please accept my sincere condolences.

  13. Shirley is a jewel to all who knew and love her. Heaven is richer and we are poorer at her passing. Godspeed, Shirley!

  14. Nelson, Rodney and family, Ralph and I are so sorry for your lose. Shirley was a wonderful lady. I am so glad we knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  15. We are so very sorry for your loss. Shirley was a vivacious lady, who had a zest for Life, a quality to be admired. We extend to your family, our deepest sympathy.
    Paul and Ginger Coffelt.

  16. Our prayers are with all the family. The many trips we took with the bank. Heaven just received a new angel. Prayers

  17. I became acquainted with Shirley while serving on the Meals On Wheels board with her. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was fun to be around!!! My condolences to her family!

  18. I am sorry to learn Shirley died. She was always so kind & thoughtful to me. Bill always had kind words to say about her. Peace to all of you.

  19. Nelson and Shirley were a big part of helping us get our first house. Their generosity will never be forgotten. Shirley was one of the sweetest ladies we’ve had the pleasure of knowing. Nelson, Rodney and family you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  20. Nelson and Rodney, oh how I hate to learn of Shirley’s passing. I always enjoyed talking with her whenever we’d run into each other. I will always remember her with a smile on her face. She was a wonderful person and I always knew her career with the city but did not know of her accomplishments. Wow! Rest easy dear Shirley. Sending prayers to you both.

  21. So sorry for your loss!! Thoughts,prayers and hugs for all of you!! Shirely was a very special lady!!

  22. Rodney, I can’t express the sadness I feel for you and your family. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all. Know that you are loved and your mom will always be there to look out for you. I know that deep in my heart.

  23. So so sorry, thoughts and prayers to the family, she was such a sweet sweet lady!!!

  24. Thinking of you, Rodney, and your boys and your father; my sympathy on the death of your mother. For many years she was “the face of Sedalia”; such a lovely woman and great servant for the community.

  25. Nelson, Rodney and family. Thank you so much for letting me know of Shirley’s passing. Shirley and I became good friends almost 40 years ago through the Missouri City Clerks organization. She was so easy to get to know and had many interesting trips together to State and International educational meetings. Shirley never met a stranger. She was a true friend and one I could always call for advise about City issues. You and Rodney and the boys are in my thoughts and prayers. Shirley will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

  26. Rodney,
    My condolences to you and your family. I know how hard it is to lose a mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  27. Nelson and Rodney, So sorry to hear of Shirley’s death. She was a great gal and will be missed.

  28. Shirley will be missed so much by the Meals on Wheels board. Her beautiful smile and infectious laugh always brightened my day. My sincere sympathy to Nelson and Rodney and family.

  29. Rodney, Nelson, Cody, and Ryan,
    My prayers are with your family for the Peace that only our Loving Father can bestow upon you in this time of loss.

  30. Nelson and Rodney,
    We were so sorry to learn about Shirley’s passing. She was a vibrant, lovely woman involved in varied activities. She loved her family and always shared family news when we would see each other. Gary and Shirley worked together for twenty two years. Later, they both served on the Meals on Wheels Board. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  31. Heaven gained a great angel! Your mom will be missed. If u need anything give us a call. Take care. Take care. Tommy and Lisa

  32. I have only met this amazing woman once, but I have known her son for 30 years. He got his compassion from his parents but mostly from his mom. She will be missed by family and friends. God called her home and heaven has a very strong angel now. Rest in peace

  33. My deepest condolences to Nelson and to all of Shirley’s family and friends. She was a Sedalia institution and loved and admired by so many.

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