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“May GOD bless and keep you near his heart in this time.Earl Harris, grandson of Cecil Wells Harris. Grand nephew of Aunt Marlene ”
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“Aunt Marlene was a real sweetheart. She'll always be remembered as the sister that my grandmother raised. ”
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“So many memories! Very grateful to have such a wonderful Christian lady for a foster parent for 5 years. That was 55 yrs ago and we have stayed in...Read More ยป
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Glenda Marlene Collins, 89 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, October 15, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling.

Marlene was born on December 25, 1930 in Bradford, Ark., the daughter of Oscar Alva and Arlie Mae (Rutledge) Wells. She married Joseph L. Collins on August 23, 1950 in West Plains, MO. He preceded her in death. Marlene was a 3rd grade and special reading teacher. She taught for 14 years. Marlene was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Sterling.

Survivors include her son, David Collins of Houston, TX; foster daughter, Beverly Carp of Springfield, MO; foster son, Jim Butler of South Carolina; grandson, Nigel Collins of California; three great grandchildren, Blake, Abby and Ethan; several nieces and nephews; and best friend, Mareda Dortch.

She was preceded in death her husband; parents; one daughter, Fawntella Marie Collins; two brothers and three sisters.

Masks and social distancing will be enforced for a visitation, allowing 25 people at a time, on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 2:00-3:00 P.M. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Funeral service will follow at 3:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Coloma Township Cemetery in Rock Falls.