She was born on July 31, 1928, at Walnut to Elba W. and Gladys M. (Fletcher) Ward. She grew up in the Morehead and Thayer area and attended schools there, graduating from Thayer High School in 1947.
She married Charles Winfield Collins on June 9, 1947, at Independence. He preceded her in death on April 25, 1997.
She resided in Thayer, Galesburg, Erie and Parsons. She worked as a commercial sewing operator for the Fred Ronald Co. and the National Garment Co. She retired in 1993.
She enjoyed quilting, sewing, crocheting, camping and fishing. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church and its United Methodist Women group. She also served as a church trustee.
Survivors include a daughter, Helen Brooks of Parsons; a grandson, James D. Hazen of Parsons; four brothers, George Ward of Lee's Summit, Mo., Robert Ward of Fredonia, Kenny Dale Ward of Golden Valley, Ariz., and Carl Ward of Iola; and a sister, Mary Cochran of Chanute.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Jess Ward.
The service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Faith United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery near Erie. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to Faith United Methodist Church and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home 112 N. 26th, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, 67357.