COLLINS, Ruth Blevins, 96, daughter of J. Nicholas and Dora B. Blevins, and born in Walnut Hill Township, Ashe Co., NC. She is predeceased by her parents, Dora and James Blevins; her husband, Buford Wayne Collins; a son, James Buford Collins and siblings, Arthur, Thomas and Fanny Blevins, Esther Dostie, Alma Barnett and Jessie Crockett. Ruth is survived by a sister, Alma Atwood of Green Valley, AZ and many cousins, nieces, nephews and a devoted friend, Brenda S. Skalsky. Ruth was a devoted wife, mother and home maker. She loved sewing, gardening and letter writing. Her funeral ceremony will be in Merchants Hope Memorial Gardens on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Barry Ginn officiating. Final rest will follow in the cemetery.