Marvaline Collins
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Obituary for Marvaline "Marva" Collins

Marvaline Collins was born on January 3, 1951 at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.  Marvaline was born the fifth child of eleven children born to the union of Mrs. Verneeda Himes and Mr. James Frederick Hennings, both who proceeded her in death.  Her siblings, Charles R. Hennings, Sr., Michael M. Hennings, and Janet Hennings all preceded her in death along with her nephew, Charles Hennings, Jr. and nieces, Natosha Hennings and Tiffany Marie Hennings.   Marvaline knew the importance of real relationship.  The most important relationship that she had in life was when she received Christ as her Lord and Savior.  Marvaline was educated and martriculated through the Saint Louis Public Schools, ultimately graduating from Vashon High School in 1970.  After finishing high school, Marvaline attended college at Florissant Valley Community College. Throughout her employment history, Marvaline was employed with the Community Federal Bank, the Missouri School for the Blind, the Board of Elections and the Board of Education, (Roosevelt High School).  Her most rewarding positions were being a mother, a grandmother, a daughter, a sister, a cousin, a niece and a friend.   Marvaline was a force to be reckoned with.  She gave intentionally and loved on purpose.  Marvaline was affectionately known by those that knew and loved her by "Marva".  She was always the life of the party.  She had an amazing personality and wherever she went her presence was known.  Marvaline was strong, courageous and always ready to provide her opinion/resolve to a problem.  Marvaline was an honest and open book, she had no problem asking or telling you what and how she felt.  Often times, she would give her last to help someone else. Marva loved life and her son, Shannon Collins and granddaughter, DeShea R. Collins.  Marvaline was the epitome of a "people person".  She loved and appreciated genuine friendship, good food and great music.  Moreover, her favorite and most consistent friends were her siblings.  She loved and enjoyed each one of them individually but she was close to all of her siblings.  She and her brother, Michael shared a special bond.  Interestingly enough, he passed a week before Father's Day and she a week before Mother's Day, some bonds won't be broken.   Though Shannon was the only child, Marvaline also took a major role in raising a few of her nieces and nephews.  Everywhere Marvaline resided would become a place of refuge for anyone she knew that needed a place to stay.   Her smile, stylish hair and enriched and enlightening conversations will be sorely missed.  She and Shannon's "commonalities" were always fun and funnier to witness.  Shannon is the perfect blend of both of his parents.  He carries a lighter version of his mother's wit and personality along with the suaveness of his father.  Marvaline took great pride in rearing her only grandchild, Ms. DeShea R. Collins.  They would often spend time together and in great fashion which would end in many wardrobe changes and "lip-gloss".  DeShea, affectionately referred to her grandmother as Dear.  Marvaline lived her life graciously and proudly, acquiring all the riches that were important to family.  She built respect and she shared her love with those who were a part of her life's journey.   Marvaline leaves to live out her legacy, and to treasure her memory, her son, Shannon R. Collins;  her granddaughter, DeShea R. Collins; sisters, Deborah A. Thomas, Veronica (Anthony) Morris, Anita L. Hennings, Laverne D. Hennings, Suandrae Hennings and sister-in-law, Annie Hennings;  brothers, Donald (Carolyn) Hennings and Robert Hennings, Sr. and close cousin, Shelby "Turkey" Bailey.  Her nephews and nieces were more like sons and daughters they too will continue to live life on purpose, just as Marva would want them to.  She will forever live in the hearts of her many cousins, other family members and friends.  Marvaline had a great relationship with some "life-long friends": Evelyn Collins, Larry Collins, Rose Hennings, Maggie Collins & Family and a special friend in Mr. Earnest Lewis.

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