By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent
Dorothy Collins was the type of woman that was known for her physical, mental and emotional strength but to those that knew her well, she was a great mystery because she lived life by her own design.
According to Lou Blevins, Dorothy’s younger sister of 16 years, Dorothy believed that anyone that worked hard enough would eventually acquire something. This paradigm was the backbone of Dorothy’s demeanor, which shaped her life and brought stability to those who depended on her.
Dorothy Collins died Feb. 14, 2005.
“Her disposition was different from other people and other women,’ said Maudene Haragan, Dorothy Collins’ sister-in-law. “She was not an intimidating person, but she was strong willed, plain spoken and preferred doing hard work outdoors rather than cooking and cleaning indoors,” Haragan said. “She could do a lot of things that women could not do and many things that men could do, she could do better.”
Dorothy was born Oct. 5, 1920, to Nora and Earnest Haragan in rural Oklahoma near Fox. The family homesteaded outside of Floyd in 1926. On Aug. 7, 1937, she married Lewis Collins as a teenager, whom she became aquatinted with when the Collins family purchased the neighboring farm next to Dorothy’s family. After marrying, they moved to Truth or Consequences for several years where she and Lewis built themselves a rock house and drove trucks.
According to family members, Dorothy enjoyed canning and quilting. Though she was not the type of person to mingle with friends or be in the public eye, she did help numerous people in whatever way she found fitting.
“She quilted hundreds of lap robes and gave them to residents in the nursing homes and to people in wheelchairs,” said Blevins. “If she heard of anyone that was in need, she was there for them. She had this way of knowing, somehow, when her family members needed her emotional support.”
Name: Dorothy Collins
Born: Oct. 5, 1920
Died: Feb. 14, 2005
Preceded in death by: her parents; a sister, Thelma Gossett, and by her husband, who died in Feb. 10, 1979.
Survived by: a son, Danny Collins; a daughter, Lori Collins, two grandchildren, Rebecca and Erica; a great-grandchild, Danielle; two brothers, Willard Haragan of Roswell and Floyd (Jiggs) Haragan of Portales; and a sister, Lou Blevins of Roswell.