The Ottumwa Courier

March 31, 2014

Laura Collins

Ottumwa Courier

---- — OTTUMWA — Laura Marie Collins, 37, of Olathe, Kan., passed away on March 28, 2014, at home surrounded by her family.

She was born on Jan. 28, 1977, to Sidney and Catherine (Chrisman) Collins at Ottumwa. She was a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Emporia State University and received her degree in Bachelor of Arts in English and went on to earn her Masters Degree in library science, also from Emporia State University. Laura enjoyed many years of service as a library volunteer.

She was employed as a production editor for Penton Business Media, Inc.

She was a member of Circle K (College), Olathe Sunrise Kiwanis (her contribution was the creation of the organization's website) and the Kiwanis Club of Shawnee, Kan. In her leisure, Laura enjoyed traveling to the Caribbean, Paris, Sanibel Island and all throughout the United States.

Laura is survived by her loving parents, Sidney and Catherine Collins; her sister, Lisa Collins; and a loving extended family of aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and one uncle.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home, Olathe, Kan., where the family will receive friends an hour prior to service time.

Memorials are suggested to the Harvesters or Hospice of Olathe Medical Center.

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