Linda Nichols Collins, 58, of East Hampton, CT passed away peacefully at Yale New Haven Hospital on March 28, 2019 after a courageous battle with leukemia.
Born on October 23, 1960 to the late Yolanda Baker, she is survived by her beloved husband of 40 years, Cliff Collins, two daughters Kim Collins-Horner and Tori Collins, son-in-law Scott Horner, two grandchildren, Chase Horner and Raya Horner and many brothers, sisters, in-laws, nieces and nephews.
She grew up in Hartford, CT, attended Prince Technical High School where she studied the printing trade. She met her husband, Cliff, also a Hartford resident; at age 16 and they married two years later. After High School, Linda went on to work at the Bristol Press, a job that she always recalled fondly. In 1989, Cliff and Linda moved to East Hampton, CT. Linda loved being a mom and stayed home with her two daughters for ten years. In 1998, she started working in the East Hampton School System in various roles before finally settling in the Board of Education Office in 2007. She really enjoyed her job and of all people she worked with.
She was deeply loved by all that knew her. She could light up a room with her cheerfulness, endless energy and sense of humor. She will be most known for her huge capacity to give to others, take care of others and show kindness to everyone. She had the biggest heart and was completely selfless.
The most important thing in her life was spending time with her family. With her husband, she loved to go running, bike riding, and hiking. She loved going the gym with him, doing tree work with him and recently they had begun visiting Block Island together. With her daughter, Tori, she enjoyed shopping, and going to car and truck shows. Nothing brought her joy like spending time with her 4-year old grandson, Chase. She was the best Grammy and loved to read to him, play with him and take care of him. She was looking forward to doing the same with new grand-daughter, Raya, who was born in December 2018.
She was the light of our lives, the glue that held our family together and a beloved member of the East Hampton community. She will be forever missed. In keeping with her wishes, services will be private. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Linda Collins Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations can be sent to East Hampton High School, Linda Collins Memorial Scholarship, c/o Linda Malavasi, 15 North Maple Street, East Hampton, CT 06424.