Nancy Haskins Collins of Falmouth, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Nancy Crowninshield Haskins on March 15, 1923, in Winchester, MA, to Herman and Helen (Haff) Haskins. Nancy was the beloved wife of the late Clayton W. Collins, Jr., for more than 60 years.
During Nancy’s early years, she summered in Sedgwick, Maine, and lived in Cambridge, Watertown and Belmont. Her family moved to Falmouth, in 1930, attending school in Falmouth through the eighth grade then moved to Wareham, where she graduated from High School. Following her graduation from the Fay Secretarial School in Boston, Nancy obtained a job as secretary in the American Locker Company on Congress Street in Boston. She worked there until her marriage to Clayton in 1944. Nancy and Clayt became a USCG couple and traveled around the country wherever her husband was stationed.
Nancy is survived by four daughters: Cynthia Lach of Brewster, Deborah Witter of E. Falmouth, Barbara J. Rabesa of Exeter, New Hampshire, and Margaret E. Sabens of Falmouth. She is also survived by ten grandchildren: Michael and Kenneth Lach, Brian, and Benjamin Guthrie, Samantha Presby, Eric Rabesa and Amy Morgan, Andrew, Henry and Tyler Sabens. Twenty-one great- grandchildren also survive Nancy.
Nancy and Clayton were longtime members of the Falmouth First Congregational Church where she was a former Deaconess. She was a member of the Falmouth Hospital Auxiliary and a volunteer at the hospital for years. An enthusiastic Girl Scout leader and Campfire Girl leader were also among her many activities. Researching their genealogy became one of Nancy and Clayt’s favorite past times during retirement. Nancy became the Registrar of the Jonathan Hatch Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Being a cancer survivor of many years, Nancy was also a member of the Silent Spring Research Group for Breast Cancer. Our beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother also loved sailing, antiques, photography, gardening, and boating around the Cape and Islands on their tugboats, Minot’s Light and Nobska. She loved her family dearly and her enthusiasm for life was contagious to all who knew her.
Visiting hours will be held from 6 to 8 PM on Saturday, June 17, at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth. A memorial Service will take place at 1:00 PM Sunday, June18 at the First Congregational Church, 68 Main Street, Falmouth. Burial will follow in the North Falmouth Cemetery, Old Main Road, North Falmouth.
Donations may be made to the First Congregational Church of Falmouth, 68 Main Street, Falmouth, MA 02540..