Rachael M. Collins, 84

MAY 4, 1927-JULY 9, 2011

July 11, 2011

Rachael Marie (Gift) Collins, 84, of Hagerstown, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center. She had been a resident of Julia Manor Health Care Center since 2008 after residing at Kuhn Avenue, Hagerstown, for the prior 28 years.

Born May 4, 1927, in Smithsburg, Md., she was the daughter of the late Ralph Irvin Gift Sr. and Mary Catherine (Law) Gift.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter; one sister, Vivian E. Coldsmith; and four brothers, infant Leonard W. Gift, Donnel E. Gift, Ralph I Gift Jr. and Harold L. Gift.

She is survived by one son, David E. Collins and wife Cheryl of Warfordsburg, Pa.; one grandson, Dustin E. Collins of Medford, N.J.; three sisters, Alma Unger of Smithsburg, Janet Hessong and husband Paul of Smithsburg, and Delores J. Balliet and husband Ralph of Greencastle, Pa.; three brothers, Russel O. Gift and wife Janet of Smithsburg, Earl L. Gift and wife Sheila of Thurmont, Md., and Gerald W. Gift and wife Debbie of Fairplay, Md.; 12 nieces; and 19 nephews. She was also survived by the love of her life, her three-legged poodle, Lucy.

There will be no viewing.

A memorial service will be Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. at J.L. Davis Funeral Home, Smithsburg, with Pastor Millie Berry officiating.

The family will receive friends one hour before the service.

The family would like to express a very special appreciation to the staff of Julia Manor Health Care Center as well as the staff of Meritus Medical Center for the kind, loving care they provided to Rachael. We are forever grateful.

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