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Agnes Herrin Collins passed away peacefully 28 June 2022.  Born in Howell, Georgia (Echols County) on May 2, 1932, she was the second of three daughters of William and Fannie May Herrin.  She attended school in Statenville, Georgia graduating in 1950. She then attended South Georgia College (now South Georgia State College) in Douglas, Georgia, transferring after two years to Georgia Nurses College in Augusta Georgia where she received her training as a nurse graduating in 1954. She stayed on and started her career at Eugene Talmadge Memorial Hospital; later moving to University Hospital where she met and married William Andrew Collins in 1957.

Together they moved to Savannah in 1958 where she started at Memorial Medical Center. During her 45 plus year career there, she started as a Floor Nurse and rose to a Clinical Director, with responsibility over 5th floor, 3rd Neuro, Orthopedics, and the Operating Room.  In 1984, she was Memorial’s winner of the Dr. Thomas F. Frist Humanitarian Award for her dedication, passion, and devotion to the field of Nursing. She finished her career in the Registration Department where she started the Transport Team, retiring in 1994. Her maxim was “never ask something of someone that you yourself would not be willing to do/accomplish”.  In her retirement, she dedicated her life to the care of her husband, till his death in 2009. She also enjoyed mentoring others in the field of nursing and encouraged them to pursue the field and enhance their education and training. Her passion was reading the local paper, the Wall Street Journal, as well as taking care of her family and friends in need.

Preceding her death were her Father, William Henry Herrin, Mom, Fannie May Herrin, sisters, Elaine Herrin Stickley and Willie May Herrin Mackley.

Surviving is her son, William Collins, her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Collins, and her Grandson, Matthew Collins.

Funeral Services and burial will be at Cow Creek Cemetery where she will be laid to rest in the family plot next to her husband of 53 years and family relatives who preceded her.

The family would like to extend their personal appreciation to Patrina Carter, Erica Young,  Shakeria Pringle, Kaneshia Pruitt, and Theresia Washington who cared for her in the last year of her life.  Their exceptional care made her last days easier and allowed us to maintain her at the home that she so loved.  The family would also like to express its thanks to all the people at Hospice Savannah who assisted in her care and comfort.

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  1. Lindy Claborn says:

    Buddy and I are keeping you and your family in prayer during this difficult time. Your mothers sounds like she had a wonderful life and was such an accomplished person. I know you are so proud of her.

    Send much love.

    Lindy and Buddy

  2. claudia welch says:

    Agnes Collins was one of the best and most dedicated professionals that I have ever known. She was a fierce advocate for her patients and taught not only from her extensive skills but also from example. A nurse in every sense of the word !
    Rest in peace, Mrs. Collins. You made a difference in so many lives.
    Claudia Welch, R.N,

  3. Dr Bob Beard says:

    Just last week I was talking with a now-retired nurse with whom I trained & worked for many years at Memorial Medical Center. She asked if I had heard any news re: Agnes Collins because we discussed what a GREAT nurse & teacher she had been for so many patients, students, interns, residents, & physicians. Our community is so much better for having known her all those years.

  4. Eric Bolan says:

    Bill, my deepest condolences on your loss. I know it hurts and I know the pain you are feeling! Heads up, every day it lessens a bit. You mom is in a better place just like mine who passed recently. Keep moving and checking your “six”

  5. Becky Keating says:

    I remember Mrs. Collins well from my years at Memorial. Everyone knew who she was and that she had high expectations of her staff. She set a wonderful example for others.
    Please accept my condolences.

  6. Imogene Hancock,RN says:

    Agnes and I worked together for Many years…..She was a nurses nurse. I admired her, loved her and will miss her

  7. Jennifer Long Highland says:

    Agnes was the epitome of a professional nurse: smart, highly skilled, clearly communicative, always there to help. She had strict standards and moral code, and never failed to provide assistance when asked, which was so helpful to me on 11 pm -7 am shifts when she was the night supervisor. I will always remember her.

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