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Rosemary Collins

Gainesville, FL —Ms. Rosemary Collins, of Gainesville, FL, died on Sunday, August 22, 2021, after complications from a fall. Rosemary was born in Milton, Massachusetts, on November 12, 1939, to the late John and Mary McLaughlin. She graduated from Chapel Hill High School in 1957 and later graduated High Smith Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Fayetteville, NC, in 1961. In 1962, she received her commission in the Navy. Later, she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Rosemary was married to the love of her life, Terence; and together they raised a family of six children. She continued her nursing career at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Gainesville, FL and Lexington, KY. Rosemary was active in Engaged Encounter, Marriage Encounter Movement, and a member of Holy Faith Catholic Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved son Sean Collins, brother Jake McLaughlin, and sister Jane Mackenzie. Rosemary is survived by her husband, Terence Collins; brother, Daniel McLaughlin; son, Kevin Collins (Ponte Vedra, FL); and her four daughters Kathleen Pezzi (Lexington, KY), Meghan Blake (Gainesville, FL), Kelly Collins (Gainesville, FL), and Shannon Collins (Durham, NC). Rosemary was proud of her grandchildren: Elise Higgins, David Pezzi, Jacob Pezzi (Kathleen); Kaily Cheeseman, Brenna Collins (Kevin); Collin Ulmer, Reece Ulmer, Kaleb Blake, and Joshua Blake (Meghan); Taryn, Liam, Connor, and Aidan Smell (Kelly); and Finn and Henry Hopkins (Shannon). Other survivors include daughter-in-law Pam Collins; sons-in-law Tony Pezzi, James Smell, and David Ranney; and she loved each of her numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Rosemary’s greatest love was her entire family; and she enjoyed family reunions, beach trips, and Kentucky basketball. She had a love of life and an infectious laugh. She never knew a stranger and was known to take any baby who was within arms’ reach. She will be missed by all who knew her. Funeral services will be held at 9:00 am on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at Holy Faith Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials to be made to the American Heart Association.

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In consideration of COVID-19, as well as the families we are serving, we would like for those of you whose immune systems are compromised please stay home and send the family a condolence card. We may also be forced to postpone services if this continues or worsens. Our profession as funeral directors is not only focused on serving families, but also protecting the families and the community at-large. Thank you and please take care!