Agnes Mae Quillen Collins passed away at her home in Delmar on May 19, 2023. She was the daughter of the late Calvin E. “Ned” and Beulah L. Trader Quillen of Taylorville, Md. 

She was preceded in death by her husband John Everett Collins, and her three sisters Pauline L. Clarke, Eunice Q. Sorin, and Rosalee Q. James, and her brother Calvin E. Quillen, Jr.

She is survived by three nieces Janice Sorin Wainwright (Harold), Deborah Anne Carper (Stephen), and Joyce Jeanette James; and a nephew Jeffrey Jay James (Patti). Also surviving are four grandnieces Kimberly Ann Phillips, Katherine E. Carper Ray (Matt), Leah Nicole James, and Laura Michelle James, three grandnephews James “Jay” Richard Phillips IV (Christie), Ryan Cole Evans and Riley James Evans, two great-grandnieces Brooke A. Phillips and Moorea S. Phillips, and kind friend and caregiver of many years Allen and his wife Connie Reustle.

Mrs. Collins was a graduate of Buckingham High School in Berlin. She attended nursing school and received her RN from Memorial Hospital in Wilmington. She was a United States Army nurse, First Lieutenant during WWII and spent one year in Europe caring for wounded soldiers at the 156th General Hospital, in Hereford, England. Mrs. Collins served many years as a career nurse, including in the areas of pediatric and elder care. She worked at the formerly named Peninsula General Hospital, Salisbury and Shangri-La Nursing Home, Delmar, and as a private duty nurse.

Mrs. Collins was a member of St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Delmar and sang in the church choir for many years. She participated in several community organizations and was a member of the Red Hat Club and Past President of the New Century Club. She was a giving and generous person supporting various charities and philanthropic organizations. She was proficient at word search puzzles and enjoyed her garden and flowers and the many cats she had over the years.

“Aggie” will be remembered by her family for her sense of humor, her remarkable memory of family history, and her many cards and notes of love that touched our lives.

The family wishes to thank Allen and Connie Reustle for their devoted care, and her caregivers of the last two years, including Ms. Sharon Maile, Valerie Mackenzie, Bonnie Phippen, Donna DeMent, Daisy Meyers, Destiny Cooper, Phyllis Adkins, and the Compassionate Care Hospice.

Visitation was held on Saturday, May 27 at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church in Delmar followed by a funeral service. Interment followed at St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Delmar.

A donation in her memory may be made to St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 101 E. State St., Delmar, DE 19940.

Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting