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 Etheldreda “Dreda” <I>McKee</I> Collins

Etheldreda “Dreda” McKee Collins

Death 19 Mar 2011 (aged 70–71)
Burial Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 67518264 · View Source
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COLLINS, Etheldreda Hanway McKee died at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2011, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years Edward Mercere Collins; her four children Harold Breckenridge Collins II, Etheldreda Lancaster Collins Baker, Virginia Mercere Collins Shingleton, and Elizabeth McKee Collins Wilson; her sister Elizabeth Anne McKee Henderson Ostner; and 10 grandchildren. She will be remembered by her many friends whom she cherished.

Dreda graduated as the salutatorian of Immaculate Conception High School in 1958, where she was honored to be chosen as Miss I.C. Then she went on to Mississippi State College for Women where she received her Bachelors of Arts degree. She sought a Master Degree in Social Work later in life from the University of Tennessee.

Her dedication to her profession and her work through Family Service of Memphis and her private practice inspired the lives of many Memphians.

During her lifetime she was a member of Madonna Circle, LeBonheur Club, the Woman's Exchange, and was among the earliest women members of the Rotary Club of Memphis. She served on the Bishop's Ecumenical Council for the Diocese of West Tennessee. She was renowned as an elegant hostess, opening her heart and home to those she loved.

Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. with a rosary immediately following in the chapel on Monday March 21, 2011 at Canale Funeral Directors, 2700 Union Extended. Funeral Mass will be at Immaculate Conception Cathedral at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2011. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Canale Funeral Directors, 901-452-6400

Published in The Tennessean on March 21, 2011




  • Created by: M G Slade
  • Added: 27 Mar 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 67518264
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Etheldreda “Dreda” McKee Collins (1940–19 Mar 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 67518264, citing Calvary Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by M G Slade (contributor 47169935) .