Mrs. Frances Ellen Steel Collins, 83 died at her home in De Queen early Monday morning, Sept. 27 (transcriber's note: 1943), following an illness of several weeks.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Wilkerson Chapel, the Rev. J. B. Green officiating and burial was in Redmen (transcriber's note: Redman) cemetery under direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.
Mrs. Collins was born at Paraclifta, first country seat of Sevier, on April 14, 1860 and had spent her entire life here. She was the daughter of Thomas George Steel, early minister and lawyer, and Phoebe Turrentine Steel. She was the last surviving member of the family which had included two judges, A. C. Steel, and James S. Steel, and two ministers, the Rev. W. A. Steel and the Rev. E. R. Stee, all of whom were prominent in their respective fields. Another child of the family was the late Mrs. Alice Park.
Mrs. Collins was a member of the Presbyterian church and a past regent of the local Daughters of the American Revolution chapter. She was active in social and church circles in Sevier ocunty (sic) throughout her lifetime.
She was married to Walter Henry Collins, pioneer banker and lawyer of the county, on Dec. 24, 1884. He died in 1916.
Surviving are two sons, Abe Collins, lawyer and banker of De Queen and Henry Collins of Pierre, South Dakota; three daughters, Mrs. E. R. Moon, San Antonio, Texas, Mrs. Virgil Evans, Hot Springs, and Mrs. Allen Rice of Little Rock. Five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.
Active pallbearers for the funeral were R. P. Mitchell, J. G. Moore, Donald Knight, W. T. Lamb, Dr. C. C. Thompson, E. K. Edwards, J. M. Thompson, E. K. Edwards, J. M. Thompson, and C. L. Leighton.
Newspaper and date of publication unknown, suspect it was in Arkansas or possibly San Antonio, TX. Submitted by: Patty Mallory.