Almarene “Alma” Collins, 86 of Hartford, CT was born on July 21, 1932 in Tuskegee, Alabama to the late W.E. and Prince Cola (Raise) Collins, Sr. She transitioned to be with the Lord surrounded by her family at Hartford Hospital on Saturday, August 25, 2018. At an early age, she joined the St. Paul Baptist Church in Tuskegee, Alabama. She attended local schools there before relocating to Granby, CT and then later moved to Hartford, CT. Her earlier employment was with Fuller Brush company and in later years she was employed by Project Concern as a school crossing guard, school bus aid, and The Urban League. She later joined KinderCare Learning Center where she retired after 17 years of service. Most recently, she was employed at the Women’s League Inc. Child Development where she took great pride in working with the toddlers. She had her second retirement there at the “young” age of 84.
She was a dedicated member of the Phillips Metropolitan C.M.E. Church of Hartford, CT for over 50 years. During that time, Alma was a devoted servant of the Missionary Ministry for over 30 years.
During her family time, she enjoyed playing board games especially the game Trouble with her children and grandchildren. Her memories will be cherished by her daughter Almayána Collins of Tolland, CT, Patricia Collins-Sims of Hartford, CT, Gregory (Jackie) Allen of Aiken, SC, and Jeffery (Michele) Collins Allen of Bloomfield, CT; three brothers, W.E. (Evelyn) Collins, Jr. of Maryland, Curtis (Betty) Collins of Hartford, Jesse (Claire) Collins and sister Luticia Collins of Georgia. And several other siblings of Tuskegee, Alabama. One sister in love Annie Collins of Windsor, CT, 16 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, her best girlfriend Edna Gilchrist of Hartford, CT, goddaughter Mischa Kidd-White of Windsor, CT and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. Besides Alma’s parents she was predeceased by her brother Emmett Collins, sister Lecka Bea Collins Buchanon and grandson Mark Stephen Allen. She will truly be missed by all those whose lives she profoundly impacted.