We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home
Jeanetta Cantrell Collins, 75, of Minford, passed away peacefully and went to be with The Lord on Friday, June 17, 2022, surrounded by family at Elbrooke Pavilion of the Minford Retirement Center.
She was born on November 18, 1946, in West Liberty (Morgan County), Kentucky, daughter of the late Lonnie Cantrell and Rosie Wright Cordle. Jeanetta served the Lord for over sixty-five years, she loved singing gospel music, and is now enjoying her great reward in Heaven.
Jeanetta is survived by her loving and devoted husband of fifty-nine years, Henry Collins, whom she married on July 13, 1963, and their two children, Tina (Donnie) Brown and Henry Barry Collins II. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Collin Johnson, Sarah (Nathan) Laxton, Henry Barry Devon (Blake) Collins III, Brady Collins, Abagail Collins, Tedra (Mike) Grate, Adrianna Kohne, Kristin (James) Craig, and Derek (Jenna) Brown; ten great grandchildren, Harper & Josie Laxton, Marlowe Collins, Brenden, Millie, Cohhen & Nohlen Grate, Eli Southworth, Sadie & Drew Brown; one sister, Susan (David) Collins; four brothers, Larry Cantrell, Vess (Penny) Jordan, Herb (Rose) Jordan, and Michael (Jill) Jordan; one brother-in-law, Joe Collins; one sister-in-law, Anna Cantrell, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her father and mother-in-law, Elbie and Brookie Collins; one brother, Darrell Cantrell; one sister, Catherine Cantrell; her stepfather, Burns “Bob” Cordle, and her brothers and sisters-in-law, Russ and Verna (Collins) Stevens, Ada Collins Blackburn, Paul and Ida (Collins) Roberts, and Marsha Cordle.
With Henry by her side, a young family, and while working part time as a nurse’s aide, she pursued her dream of becoming a registered nurse. In 1979, Jeanetta began her nursing career working in a local nursing home and realized there was a residential need for elderly people who could not live independently. Following her experience, she began talking with Henry about this issue and her desire to help people in this position, which became their lifelong mission.
Jeanetta and Henry founded the Minford Retirement Center, which they opened in 1981, as a retirement facility before assisted living was an option in our area. It has been home to many residents over the last forty plus years. Her life’s mission was to provide a home for those needing assistance with their activities of daily living.
Throughout her life with Henry and despite both working two full-time jobs for much of their lives, they remained focused on their family at all times. They did not hesitate to move her mother-in-law and brother-in-law into their home, overseeing their care when they were no longer able to live alone. When her mom’s health began to fail, Jeanetta and Henry moved her mom and stepdad close to them so she could oversee their care as well.
Jeanetta was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt. Her greatest joy in life came from time spent with her family; their family vacations were among her favorite memories. She was also a talented cook who loved to feed her family, and she was well known for her delicious pies. She devoted her life to caring for others, and she will be missed tremendously by all whose lives she touched. Jeanetta also leaves behind her legacy of serving The Lord, and her family takes great comfort in knowing that they have the promise of seeing her again. Serving The Lord was of the utmost importance to her, and singing for Him was one of her passions. In spite of her own failing health, she would light up every time she was invited to sing for The Lord.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Minford Retirement Center for the loving care provided to Jeanetta and her family, the morning kitchen staff at Minford Giovannis for their kind words and prayers, all of the churches for their many prayers, and SOMC Hospice for their assistance during this difficult time.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at Rubyville Community Church with Pastors Calvin Ray Evans, Brian Baer and Donnie Brown officiating. Burial will be at Beaver Union Cemetery in Pike County, Ohio. Friends may call at the church from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday. Arrangements are under the direction of Erwin-Dodson-Allen Funeral Home in Minford. Online condolences may be sent to www.edafh.com.