Berta Alicia De Gracia Collins passed peacefully on Sunday March 15th 2020 at the age of 82. The youngest of 12 children, she was born in the town of Las Tablas in the Republic of Panama. She raised her family in the Canal Zone prior to moving to Tampa, FL in 1969 where she lived in the same house in the Town-n-Country area for over 50 years. Most residents of Town-n-Country knew her from McDonald's where she worked for over 40 years and from Incarnation Catholic Church where she was a devout parishioner. She was a fiercely independent woman who loved to dance, travel and garden (if you consider a machete and a Rambo headband as gardening). Always the life of the party and the Crazy Glue of the family, she played hard and prayed harder. Her quirky "Grandma-isms" are legendary and she will be fondly remembered by everyone that had the privilege of knowing her.
She was survived by her:
Daughter, Jean Collins and grandsons Douglas, Kevin and Eric Sharpe, great-grandsons Oliver and Aiden.
Son, Michael Collins (Gloria) and grand-kids Artie, Mikey, Brittany, Michael, Jared, Johnny and great-grandkids Gianna, Mila, Maverick, Marshall and Landen.
Son, Morris Collins Jr (Heather) and grand-kids Morris III, Haley, Max, Elijah and great-grandkids Sumer, Elijah and Isaiah.
Extended family including many nieces and nephews loved "Tia Berta" and her sweet little dog Coco.
She was preceded in death by her husband Morris Collins Sr., four sisters and seven brothers.
Due to current global conditions, we will be postponing the Church service and the Celebration of Life to a future date.
"Entrusted To Our Care"
MacDonald Funeral Home
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