It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Elizabeth Collins announces her passing after a brief illness on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at the age of 75 years.

It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Elizabeth Collins announces her passing after a brief illness on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at the age of 75 years.

Mary was the mother of Jeffery Dean Paxton of Amarillo, Texas, Kerri Ann Botsonis of Castle Rock Colorado, Sherri Ann Whittle of Macomb, Oklahoma, Jesse James (Jay) Paxton of Amarillo, Texas, and Susan Kathleen Grant of Amarillo, Texas, and the sister of Lou Lovett of Amarillo, Texas. She has 14 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

She was born in New Athens, Illinois, on March 13, 1943. She moved to Amarillo, Texas, in 1965 and to Oklahoma in 2015. She was an amazing mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend.

She was preceded in death by her husband, two older sisters and her parents.

Mary was a resident of the ALDRIDGE in Shawnee. She loved the historic building and the residents who became her friends. She helped those in need and was adamant that her family do the same. She was a kind, loving and giving person.

Celebration of life will be at noon, Saturday, April 7, at the ALDRIDGE.

The family requests that donations be made to their favorite charity.