03/27/16 - NNHS Newsletter -
Janice Parker Collins
Mt. Vernon Township High School (IL) Class of 1965
Friends and Schoolmates,
I was quite distressed to learn this very sad, if somewhat belated, news today. Janis Parker Collins, Mt. Vernon Township High School (IL) Class of 1965, passed away in Nashville, Tennessee on Tuesday, February 01, 2016 at the age of 68. Wife of Rip Collins ('65) of TN, she was the sister-in-law of Neta Collins Hastings ('60) of VA.
From Rip Collins ('65) of TN - 03/26/15, 11:41 AM - " Janis Parker Collins":
My wife passed away on Feb. 1 as a result of Small Cell Carcinoma which is an incurable cancer. The story attached is not an obituary, but is intended to be a love story. I should have sent this out earlier, but it has been depressing since Janis has been gone.
Janis – My Love
husbands would stand up --- This is what Janis would want.
Janis suffered through 2 forms of cancer - 4 chemos and 2 radiation
Fought through it for 3 years
Best Christmas – Dec. 1967. University of Miami
Worked at a post office in Newport News – met Buddy Spencer
Told me how beautiful the campus was, girls, professors
Went down sight unseen
It was as Buddy described and even more so. Also, it was a time when Archie Manning
I was in paradise
Dated a lot first year, but felt nothing
Got down on my knees and prayed to God to send me an angel
Asked for forgiveness
2 weeks later – fraternity brothers told me they found the perfect girl for me
Was unsolicited and felt being set up – Declined offer
Kept after me until I finally conceded.
Beach Party – picked up at sorority house – exact figure that I described to God
We hit it off right from the beginning – Car incident
After 2 or 3 dates – asked me why I decided to come to Ole Miss – Told her about post office
Asked me if that person I spoke to was Buddy Spencer – Not going to believe this –
Did not dawn on me until later that Buddy was a messenger from God. He did not know
Been around long enough to know, apple does not fall far from the tree – Meet parents.
Train – thumbed to Mount Vernon, IL
Parents very much loved each other and plus Mrs. Parker was an attractive lady at 50 or so.
We had 2 wonderful girls
Oh, Russell! I am so very, very sorry! I cannot possibly imagine what you are and have been enduring! You have my deepest sympathies. Your beautiful poem is by turns open and moving and private and inscrutable, just as is love itself. Thank you for sharing it with us.
From the (Nashville) Tennessean - 02/03/16:
Janis Parker Collins
TENNESSEE - Janis P. Collins of Nashville Tennessee was received by God the
Son on February 1, 2016 after a 3 year battle with 2 types of cancer.
|Janis, Stephanie, Stacy and Rip|
Our sincerest condolences are extended to Rip and to all of Janis' family and friends at this difficult time.
Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!
Love to all, Carol
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Come, Ye Disconsolate
Words by Thomas
Moore; alt. by Thomas Hastings
Music by Samuel Webbe
Come, ye disconsolate, where'er ye languish.
Come to the mercy seat, fervently kneel.
Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish;
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
Joy of the desolate, light of the straying,
Hope of the penitent, fadeless and pure!
Here speaks the Comforter, tenderly saying,
"Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot cure."
Here see the bread of life; waters flowing
Forth from the throne of God, pure from above.
Come to the feast of love; come, ever knowing
Earth has no sorrow but heaven can remove.
"Come, Ye Disconsolate" midi courtesy of http://www.snowcrest.net/lassen/midi.html - 10/06/05
"Come, Ye Disconsolate" lyrics courtesy of http://gbgm-umc.org/music/discons.html - 10/06/05
Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of http://gregolsengallery.com – 03/15/05
Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MIFamous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Peach Flowers and Butterflies Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars5.html - 04/05/05
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