Flora Faye Collins, 90, passed from this life on Sunday, April 18, 2004, at Newman Hospital in Shattuck. Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. in the Emmons Cemetery east of Higgins, Tex., with Gordon Lawson officiating. Services were under the direction of the Mason Funeral Home, Shattuck.
Fay and twin sister May were born in Willow, on November 6, 1913 to Edward and Mable (Stewart) Word, at the homestead of their grandparents, Harvey and Margaret Stewart. Faye attended school in Willow, through the 8th grade. However, throughout her childhood she, her twin sister and little sister, Onie, moved several times. As a young child, Faye and her siblings rode in a covered wagon to New Mexico where their family made their home for a short time. Also, the family moved to Spearman, Tex., and Elk City.
On January 25, 1932, Faye married Dilver Riley in Arnett. To this union three children were born, William Clinton, Mamie Lee and Thomas Hugh who died at 18 months old. Later, Faye married Ray Toot Collins on December 8, 1945, at Shattuck. Toot and Faye began their life together in the Bishop Community in Ellis county. Then she and toot later moved to Pawnee, where they farmed and she worked in the cafeteria at the Oklahoma State University. While living in Pawnee, she was able to share her life with her very special great nieces and nephew, Rhonda, Cindy, Billy Lynn and robert Adams, whom she held close to her heart.
On September 22, 1976, Toot passed away and she returned to Higgins, Tex, where she worked in the Higgins Public School cafeteria until she retired at the age of 74.
While living in Higgins she became an active member of the Busy Bee quilting club. She loved quilting and spending time with all the women in the club, but most of all, she spent many special hours with her twin sister, May. This is where she resided for the remainder of her life.
Faye is preceded in death by her mother, Mable Word, her father, Edward Word, her step mother Mamie Word, her son Thomas Riley, and her sister, Onie Gownes.
She is survived by her daughter Mamie Lee Karn and husband Hayden of Shattuck, her son William Riley and wife Yvonne of Alva, her twin sister, May Thomas of Shattuck, her two half brothers, Kenneth Word and his wife Verna of Perryton, Tex., and Clinton Word of Shattuck, special niece and nephew Dorothy Howard and Otis Thomas of Shattuck, five grandchildren, Cathy Chamber of Vici, Randy Barton of Woodward and wife Judy, Sammy riley, and Danny Riley, both of Oklahoma City and Luanna Jean of Florida; five great grandchildren, and a host of family and friends.
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