Virginia S. Collins: 1916-2004

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Steamboat Springs resident Virginia S. Collins died Jan. 23, 2004, at the Doak Walker Care Center. She was 87.

Virginia was born March 18, 1916, in Colorado Springs to Fernando and Ethel Sanford. She grew up in Casper, Wyo., and graduated from Natrona County High School in 1932. Virginia went on to Colorado College and the University of Colorado, from which she graduated in 1936. She was a member of the Delta Gamma sorority.

After graduation, she moved to Midwest, Wyo., to teach school. It was there that she met Ralph Collins, whom she married June 15, 1940.

The couple moved to Washington, D.C., where Ralph was stationed in the U.S. Coast Guard. After World War II the couple moved many places, including Rangely, Tulsa, Okla., Fort Worth, Texas, and Shreveport, La. They finally settled in Denver in 1954.

Virginia lived in Denver until 2002, when she moved to The Haven in Hayden and then to the Doak Walker Care Center.

Virginia was involved in many organizations in Denver, including the Red Cross and the Denver Art Museum. She enjoyed reading, playing bridge, working on crossword puzzles and being a member of an investment club.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her daughter, Susan L. Rowland.

Virginia is survived by two daughters, Sharry and her husband, Ron Roundtree, of Steamboat and Sheilah and her husband, John Morley, of Sanibel, Fla.; two granddaughters, Jenna Roundtree of Denver and Andrea Burow of Fishers, Ind.; and two great-granddaughters, Katelin and Jenna Burow of Fishers, Ind.

Virginia will be remembered and missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in Virginia's memory to the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, 940 Central Park Drive, Suite 101, Steamboat Springs, CO, 80487.

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