December 19, 1923 ~ July 6, 2015
Fay Caroline “Doll” Collier, 91, of Essexville, our generous, helpful, selfless and loving mother and gram was born into eternal life on the evening of Monday, July 6, 2015 at McLaren Bay Region. Fay was born in Bay County on December 19, 1923, the daughter of the late Earl and Laura (Verduyn) VanSumeren. She was united in marriage to Adlor “Son” Collier, who preceded her in death on January 16, 1982. Known for her true faith and love for God, Fay read the bible daily and will forever be missed by her parish family at St. Jude Thaddeus, where she was a member of the altar society and had a deep love for the rosary. Never one to judge, Fay was always there for those in need and enjoyed volunteering her hair styling skills at the Bay Medical Care Facility. Fay also loved perch fishing, cooking, sewing, quilting and gardening. Fay’s children were the light of her life and they will all be forever grateful for the wonderful work ethic their mother instilled in them. She is survived by her five boys, Gary and wife, Janet Collier, Larry Collier, Randy and wife, Margie Collier, Tom and wife, Linda Collier and Joel and wife, Kathy Collier. Fay was the beloved gram of Rodney and wife Jill Collier, Wendy Collier, Jeremy and Karen Collier, Tara and husband, Mike O’Neal, Amy Collier, Robert Collier, Brandie and husband, Zack Deary and Emily Collier. Fay is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Molly, Rodney Jr., Brenden, Audrey, Caroline, Grace, Drew, Michelle, Eli, Jasmine and Cliff; sister, Carolyn Johns and brother, Norman “Potts” VanSumeren, along with many nieces, nephews, loving neighbors and friends. In addition to her parents and her husband, Fay was welcomed home to heaven by her brother, Earl “Bullets” VanSumeren; sister, Arlene Gloria and many in-laws. Fay’s family will be present to receive visitors on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Vigil for the Deceased at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. On Thursday, July 9, 2015, Fay will be taken to St. Jude Thaddeus Parish (St. John the Evangelist Church) 614 Pine St., Essexville, where visiting will continue from 9:00 AM until the time of her 10:00 AM Funeral Liturgy. Fr. Dale Orlik will officiate with the Rite of Committal to follow in St. Patrick Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family. The entire family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to Emmy for all she did for Gram and to the staff of McLaren Bay Region for their compassionate care. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.
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Gary, Randy, Larry, Tom, Joel and families,
Jim and I were sad to hear of your mom’s passing. I will never forget the family gatherings at your mom and dad’s house when we were all growing up. It was such fun to be with all the Aunts, Uncles and cousins. Our parents were such a lively group! I remember them laughing a lot and all the wonderful food, and Aunt Doll always in her apron. To me, Aunt Doll never really aged most of her life, she was, until recently, as I remembered her when I was young. I’ll remember Aunt Doll always for her loving and giving heart. She was truly an angel on earth and will be missed.
Karen and Jim Duchaine
Aunt Fay was my Godmother.
There is nothing I can say that everyone doesn’t already know. A wonderful woman with a ready welcoming smile. She always had a little bag of rock candy for me and probably everyone else. She made beautiful quilts and I still have one. I will miss her greatly.
You lived your life with unending faith, kindness, goodness and love. You truly were an angel among us.
I know you are with the Lord and with all the loved ones that have gone before us. God bless you and rest in peace with the Lord our God.
I feel blest to be your niece. I will always cherish the wonderful family memories of my childhood, of which you and your boys were a big part of. I will miss your heartwarming love, smile and laughter.
To my cousins, I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother. Grieving for her will be very difficult and she will be sadly missed. You are in my prayers. May God bless you and keep you always.
Sherry (Van Sumeren) Legut