Velda Lorene Collins


Velda Lorene Collins

Funeral services for Velda Lorene Collins, 74, of Lufkin will be held Monday, January 28, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. in the Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Michael Monterastelli officiating. Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park.

Mrs. Collins was born November 20, 1933 in Pittsburg, Kansas to Velda M. (Meineke) and Carl L. Hofmeister, and passed away Friday, January 25, 2008 in a local nursing home after an extended illness.

Mrs. Collins worked with her husband, M.F. Collins at Clark's Shoe Department for many years. She was a member of First Lutheran Church and had been a volunteer at Memorial Hospital for more than 10 years.

Mrs. Collins was a beloved wife and was cherished by her family. To know her was to love her.

She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, M.F. Collins of Lufkin; sons and daughters-in-law, Mike and Karen Collins of Kingwood and Alan and Sonya Collins of Chattanooga, Tennessee; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Greg Higgins of Lufkin; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Fred and Wanda Matzenbacher of Lufkin and Carl and Yolanda Hofmeister of Carthage; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, H.P. and Evelyn Collins of Lufkin

She was preceded in death by her mother, Velda M. (Meineke) Hofmeister; father, Carl L. Hofmeister; twin sister, Velma; sister, Juanita Childs; and stepmother, Imogene Hofmeister.

Pallbearers will be Dewayne Collins, Chris Collins, David Norton, Jack O'Connor, Bob Mann and Jerry Lumpkin.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Brotherhood of the Cup.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice in the Pines, 116 South Raguet Street, Lufkin, Texas 75904, First Lutheran Church, 1001 Atkinson Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75901 or the American Cancer Society, 212 Gene Samford Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904.

The family will welcome friends and loved ones from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the funeral home.

Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.