Mrs. Jacqueline M. Smith-Collins was the daughter of the late Ulysses and Marjorie Watson. She was born on July 1, 1944, in Wilmington, DE. She gained her wings on Sunday, September 13, 2020.
Jackie graduated from Louis L. Redding High School with the graduating class of 1962. She met her high school sweetheart and husband of 60 years, Robert (Bobby) Collins while attending Louis L. Redding. She was his cheerleader in life and all throughout his football and basketball career. Bobby and Jackie were classmates and high school sweethearts.
She married her high school sweetheart (Bobby) on June 12, 1960, and from this union, one son and two daughters were born (Crystal R. Collins, Angel “Dust” Collins, and one son, Robert“Jace” G. Collins Jr).
Jackie was a faithful member of Dale Memorial U.M. Church since childhood where she wore many hats. While serving at Dale UMC she held the office of SPRC Committee Chair, Trustee, Kitchen Committee Member, Women’s Ministry Member, and sang with the Combined Choir.
In addition to the above mentioned, it is worth noting that Jackie served as an usher for forty plus years. Following in her late mother Marjorie’s footsteps, Jackie became president of Dale’s Usher Board of the ICUA Delaware Unit II.
As time went on Jackiegracefully trained Lorraine Saunders to serve as Dale’s Usher Board President while she served as vice president.
Jackie was a workaholic! She had numerous jobs throughout her life such as cashier, waitress, medical technician, and retail clerk ofNickels, Macy's, Happy Harrys, and Walgreens. Jackie was also a substitute teacher/teacher’s aide for the Appoquinimink School District. She participated in plenty of school events all while driving the school bus.
It became very evident that Jackie enjoyed driving the school bus. She drove the bus for the MOT Community, churches, and the Girl Scouts for more than 50plus years. She loved driving and traveling to and from special events. She demonstrated her love for the Girl Scouts and supported them by driving them to various events.
Jackie was very welcoming, loving, and caring. She loved cooking, dancing, playing Pitty Pat, traveling, and going to the casinos. Shopping for designer purses was her passion. She would buy designer purses and find a reason to take them back to ultimately shop yet once again.
Jackie’s primary focus was her loving husband and her family. She and Bobby just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 12, 2020. She always made sure her family was her priority. Anyone who knew Jackie was well aware that she loved her grandkids and her godchildren. Although this was the case, she also loved her church family and friends.
Jackie was predeceased by her loving daughters, (Crystal and Angel Collins), her parents (Ulyesses and Majorie Watson), brother (Kenny Smith), and sister (Faye Draper).
Jackie leaves to cherish fond memories of her loving husband of 60 years, Robert (Bobby), son Robert Jr. (Jace)(Leslie), stepdaughters (Kim Wisher and Sherry Watson), five grandchildren, (Pierre, Nia, Aliyah, Jacie, and Keisha). One great-grandchild, (Saliyah), one brother (Howard Smith) (Kim), one brother-in-law (Tony Draper), and one sister-in-law (Patricia Smith). A devoted godchild whom she raised, Beatrice Rhoades (Stormi), a godson (Dewood Duckery), and Joann Watson whom she referred to as her other daughter and friend Liz Garnett. She also leaves to cherish lifelong friends; Jean Archie, Rev. Diane Wood, Mary Charlotte, Penola Fields, Iris Needam, Doris Jeffers, Elzie Jefferson, and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins.
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