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Kathleen Collins - June 11, 2009


Kathleen Collins was born on May 17, 1919 at Shelton, Neb. She was the oldest of four children born to Albert and Clara Eggers Johnston.
She was baptized into the Lutheran faith as an infant and grew up on a farm near Gibbon. Kathleen attended elementary school in Gibbon through the 8th grade. She then moved with her family to Kenesaw.
Kathleen was married to Chester Paul Dennhardt on July 6, 1946. Two daughters, Karen and Paula, were born to this union. They lived in the Denver area before moving to Sacramento, Calif. in 1960. After their divorce in 1968, Kathleen and her daughter Paula moved to Imperial.
Kathleen was married to Welby H. Collins in 1976. They lived in Denver until 1981 when they returned to Imperial. Welby died in 1996. Kathleen had been admitted to the El Dorado Manor in Trenton in May of 2008. She had recently celebrated her 90th birthday with her family by her side. She died at El Dorado Manor on Friday night, June 5, 2009.
Kathleen always appreciated the out of doors and had a love for animals. While living in California, Kathleen and her daughters organized their own horse show. While married to Welby, they enjoyed travelling and attending dances.
In addition to her parents and husband, Kathleen was preceded in death by a sister Mabel Tjarks and a step-son Fred Dennhardt.
She is survived by her two daughters, Karen and her husband, Don Jones, of Norfork, Ark. and Paula and her husband, Robert Stinson, of Palisade; a step-daughter Joan and her husband, David Wilkey, of Saluda, S.C.; one granddaughter Renee Johnson of Tucson, Ariz.; one brother William Johnston of Grand Island and one sister Delores and her husband, Jack Porterfield of Berthoud, Colo.; nephews and nieces, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were June 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the Liewer Funeral Home in Imperial with John Long officiating. Burial in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Imperial.
A memorial has been established in care of Paula Stinson, 35654 Highway 6, Palisade, Neb.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant was in charge of arrangements.