Eleanor "Rusty" Collier, died of pneumonia on 20 August 2020 at the age of 94.
Rusty is survived by two daughters, Susan and Christine. She is predeceased by her husband, Bob; her sister, Wanda; and her daughters, Kathy, Sara, and Roberta. She leaves behind five grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Born Eleanor May Russell in Bristow, Oklahoma in 1926, she graduated high school as a National Merit Scholar. She completed her nursing degree at Tulsa’s Hillcrest Hospital and soon after, married Robert Collier in 1947. After being the consummate Army wife, she returned to her nursing career in Jay, Oklahoma.
Rusty was a long time member of the United Methodist Church in Jay and later, in Stroud, Oklahoma. She was active in the choir and enjoyed using her sewing skills to make banners to hang in the sanctuary.
She enjoyed singing, painting, gardening, travelling, poetry, crosswords, Scrabble, fabric arts, good food, and driving fast. Rusty loved all animals, including bugs. She travelled all across America and several foreign lands, including Turkey, Greece, the British Isles, Australia, and Europe.
While several strokes may have stolen her mobility, Rusty’s family and friends can attest to her rapier-sharp wit even at 94. Not much got past Rusty; her droll observations made us laugh.
Rusty will be interred in Duffield cemetery beside her beloved husband, Bob, in Jay, Oklahoma.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The Good Samaritan Fund, Meadowlark Hills, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.