August 1, 2020

Doris Delores Collins

Doris Delores Collins was born April 30, 1923, and gained her heavenly reward on July 27, 2020. She was the eldest child of four siblings born to Hattie Lee Halloway Robinson and James Robinson in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

Sister Collins professed a strong faith in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and was baptized at an early age at Macedonia Baptist Church. Her passion for ministry and doing God’s will started early as she would be found teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir, working in the youth ministry doing anything that was asked towards the upbuilding of God’s Kingdom.

Sister Collins matriculated through the school system in Okmulgee and graduated from Dunbar High School. She then attended Lincoln University in Jefferson, Missouri.

As a young professional, she worked as a secretary for one of the few black entrepreneurs in Okmulgee. She faithfully continued in God’s service at her church and the Oklahoma Congress of Christian Education. While working and serving God in Okmulgee, she met, was courted by and married the love of her life, Rev. Dr. G.L Collins in November of 1954. To this union, two daughters were born, Belinda and Janet.

In 1957, she and the Rev. Dr. G.L. Collins were called to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. Serving as a role model for those of all ages, she offered encouragement in both professional and spiritual areas of life to all she encountered. Sister Collins was a gracious and impactful First Lady serving as a Senior Choir member, mission president, and a prolific speaker. She thrived on writing speeches that pricked the heart of non-believers and encouraged those who were in Christ to run the race with endurance that is set before us. Sister Collins proudly served beside her husband in this capacity for twenty-nine faithful years. After her husband was called home to the Lord, she continued to serve the Lord at Mt. Zion chairing Pastor’s anniversary, the scholarship fellowship banquet, and attended Sunday School until her health failed.

An avid sports fan, she would amaze family and friends about her knowledge of athletics. She loved her family with her entire being and enjoyed hosting them along with the mission, ministers’ wives, and friends. She adored fashion, being the First Lady, and wearing the crowns that adorned her head.

In addition to the full-time job of being a Pastor’s wife, Sister Collins was to be an involved member of the Lincoln community being employed in various capacities. She worked as a public relations specialist for the Lincoln Action Program for over ten years and was later employed by the State Parole Board. As a member of the Parole Board, she advocated and counseled many young men and women, leading them to strive for a better quality of life. She was one of two of the first women to serve on the Parole Board for the state and served for 24 years. She worked for four Nebraska Governors, among them James Exon, Charles Thorne, and Robert Kerry.

Among other organizations, Sister Collins served on numerous boards: Woman in Community Service (WIC), NAACP, YWCA, the People’s City Mission, and was a member of The Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a commissioner for the Lincoln Housing Authority.

Sister Collins is preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Dr. G.L. Collins. She leaves to cherish fond memories, daughters, Belinda (David Payne), Janet Collins, both of Lincoln; four grandchildren; and a sister, Leatrice Bullock; Lincoln; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and a wonderful church family.

The viewing will be held at the Wyuka Funeral home on Thursday, August 6, 2020, from 1–5 pm. A private funeral service for family will be held at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, August 7, 2020.


  1. My condolences on the passing of your mother. May time help you heal and bring you comfort,
    A mother’s love impacts us in an incredible way, always guiding and protecting, and it can be felt long after they are gone. From dealing with grief to reflecting on the beautiful memories you two shared together,

    • My Condolences to you and Jan and family. Your mother was the mother of all. She had her way of letting you know how she felt. But a very faithfully woman remember all the things that were good and not so good. Your mom will be missed at her church MT
      Zion that will always be your faith. Missed as a mother friend and the HEART OF YOUR FAMILY
      GOD BE WITH YOU IN THIS JOURNEY. BE BLESSED BLESSED πŸ™β€β€β€β€πŸ’”πŸ‘‘πŸ’”πŸ’‹πŸ’žπŸ˜·

  2. Rest assured that Aunt Doris worked very hard to be ready for this stage in her life, may she rest in peace. She fought the good fight.

  3. My condolences to the Green and Collins family.

  4. I am so sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. No words will make it easier. There’s nothing greater than a mother’s love. Cherish your memories and know she’s watching over you and family. Heaven has gained a beautiful Angel. Keeping all of your family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time

  5. My life is enriched, my wisdom greater, and my horizons broader because of the special privilege of having known and been nurtured by Sis. Doris and Rev. G.L. Collins. I will forever cherish memories of each of them.

  6. May God bring you all peace knowing that he has taken your mother home where she is safe and away from any pain. She was such a delight! Take care and know I’m thinking of you all!

    • May God’s comforting spirit replace your sorry with fond memories and peace. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

      From the Moore Family

  7. Mama D (as I fondly called her), was truly loved by our family and we knew she loved us. Our condolences to the family. May you find peace in your sweet memories.

  8. I loved that lady. She lived at Malone Manor where I work. I missed her when she moved out and always hoped to see her again. Now it will be when we see each other in heaven. I will be out of town Thursday afternoon so may not be able to come for viewing. My love to each of you. Jan Stidd

  9. I believe my Mom (Doris Scott) knew your Mom clear back in the 70’s and if I’m not mistaken they served on a couple community boards together. As the only child at home I would attend these meetings with Mom and I certainly remember Mrs Collins.

    Rest In Peace dear lady. You served the Lord well. May you rejoice in your new heavenly home.

  10. It has been many years since I worked with Doris. I was attending UNL and became active in Big Sisters in the early 1970s. Doris was my contact at LAP. She left a huge impact on me; I learned from her and always looked forward to our conversations. My deepest sympathies.

  11. Mrs. Collins was so sweet to me. She always stopped to say hello whenever I ran into her around town. She knew my grandparents well. She will be surely missed! Her life was filled with so much love and faith. Sending heartfelt condolences to her family.


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