Arlene M. Collins

Nov 06, 2019
Arlene Collins

Appleton — Arlene Mae Oakes Collins, 96, passed away peacefully and painlessly at her daughter's home in Searsmont surrounded by her loving family Wednesday, Nov, 6, 2019. She was born Jan, 19, 1923, in Foster, Quebec, Canada, to Elsie North-Davis Oakes and William Oakes. The young family moved to her father's hometown of Thorndike. After her parents’ divorce, she grew up and attended schools in Liberty.

She enjoyed dual citizenship until her marriage to Maurice R. Collins July 14, 1940, a marriage that lasted 60 years, most of which was spent in Appleton.

Her life's passions were her family, reading, her art and the friendships made during her 25-year employment at Tibbets' Industries in Camden, especially with Jeanette Dean, whom she considered her second daughter.

In September, she was happy and excited to learn about and communicate with a cousin in England.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her sisters, Bertha Haynes and Julia Blethen and her brothers, William, Floyd, Raymond, Kenneth and Alan Oakes.

She is survived by her sister Beverly (Gary) Rollins; her children, Donald (Dorothy) Collins, Joyce B. Rose, both of Searsmont, and Mark R. Collins of Appleton; her grandchildren, Tammy Martz, Stephanie Gibbs, Craig Grover, Dwight Collins, Mari Morgan, Jessica Tingley, Kristen Shackelford, John Rose, Anthony Collins and Robyn Jones.

She is also survived by 17 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Her children wish to thank her grandchildren, especially Tammy, Jessie, Robyn and Anthony, her Beacon Home Care team, Vanessa, Miles and staff for their unwavering support and love through this journey.

Graveside services will be at a time convenient to the family. Arrangements are with Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at


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