Juanita Stump Collins, 98 - Normantown

Juanita Stump Collins, 98, of Normantown, West Virginia, died April 25, 2008, at her home following an extended illness.

She was born May 13, 1909, the daughter of Alexander "Doc" and Hannah Stump.

Juanita was married to Ores Collins, who died in 2001, for 75 years. They were totally devoted to each other and spent their lifetime working together as a team and doing for others until his death.

Juanita loved people. She enjoyed working in the store they owned. She also loved being a homemaker. When a visitor came to her home, she insisted they leave with a jar of jam or jelly or some goodies she had made. Juanita spent hours baking before Christmas. She took great pride in her flowers and her house was immaculate.

She was an active member of the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Stumptown. Even when she lost her sight, in recent years, she continued attending services until she could not do so. Juanita was a member of the Women's Mission Circle and always helped with the summer bible camp for youth. The family will always remember the humble and fervent bedtime prayers on her knees. She would not permit idle gossip in her home. She admonished her daughter, "Never talk about someone's children because you never know what your own children may do."

She adored her grandchildren. They alternated, when they were young, spending time in West Virginia with their grandparents during the summer. It was a tremendous learning experience for the children.

She is survived by her daughter, Hannah (Eugene) Davis of Toledo, Ohio; three grandchildren, James E. (Diana) Davis of Toledo, the Rev. Mark E. Davis of Bowling Green, Ohio, and Nancy (Thomas) Stevens of Cherry Hills Village, Colorado; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The family is indebted to her caregivers, the late Nora Nichols, Helen McIntyre and Claudette Chadwell. They will always be indebted to Don and Linda Bailey and Mescal Kuhl.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 29 at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Stumptown. Rev. Tim Underwood and Rev. Mark E. Davis will officiate. Interment will be in the Collins Community Cemetery, Stumptown.

Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Monday at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville, and one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.