June 17, 1914 - September 4, 2009
Mary Ellen was born to John and Ida (Brown) Cain on June 17, 1914 at Gilmore City, Iowa. After graduating from Gilmore City High School in 1932, Mary Ellen worked as a nanny in homes in the area. In 1936 she married Eugene Collins at St. John's Catholic Church in Gilmore City. Mary Ellen was a member of St. John's Rosary Sodality and was very active in 4-H when her children were members. She was a loving wife and mother who will always be remembered for her wonderful cooking talent. Mary Ellen's grandchildren and great-grandchildren will always remember her as their biggest sports fan and cheerleader. Mary Ellen died Friday, September 4, 2009 at the Marian Home in Fort Dodge, Iowa at 95 years of age. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Eugene in 1986, brother Clifford Cain and sister Bernice Watson. Survivors include Mary Ellen's daughters Mary Jean (Jim) Lanning, of Rutland, Iowa, Karen (Duane) Thilges of Fort Dodge, and Ann Marie (Jim) Miller of Algona, Iowa; grandchildren Linda (Tom) Hanson of Humboldt, Iowa, Joan (Steve) Reedy of Hardy, Iowa, Denny (Amy) Thilges of Johnston, Iowa, Dan Thilges of Johnston, Angie (Steve) Eischeid of Algona, Julie Simonson of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Ryan (Lori) Miller of Algona, and Nate Miller of Titonka, Iowa; great-grandchildren Justin Hanson of Des Moines, Iowa, Joel Hanson of Humboldt, Lauren Thilges, Madison Thilges, Abbie Thilges and Jake Thilges all of Johnston, Jason Christensen (Alecia Hauck) of Humboldt, Amanda Christensen of Hardy, Seth Eischeid and Jordan Eischeid both of Algona, Grant Simonson and Josee Simonson both of Cedar Falls, Karley Miller Meredith Miller and Alex Miller all of Algona; great-great-grandson Alexi Christensen of Humboldt; sister-in-law Leta Wittman of Hobart, Indiana and many nieces and nephews.
Mary Ellen was born to John and Ida (Brown) Cain on June 17, 1914 at Gilmore City, Iowa. After graduating from Gilmore City High School in 1932, Mary Ellen worked as a nanny in homes in the area. In 1936 she married Eugene Collins at St. John's... View Obituary & Service Information
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