Corine Wescott Collins was born on October 31, 1936, in Wardtown, VA, to the late Thomas and Novilla Wescott. On August 2, 2022, at her home in Delmar, DE, God called her home to be with Him.
Corine was educated in the North Hampton County, Virginia school system, where she enjoyed running on the track team and using her artistic skills to sketch and draw. She was employed in the poultry industry, various produce factories, and she also worked for NCR, assembling cash registers and other machinery. She came out of retirement to work as a foster grandparent in the Delaware Foster Grandparents Program at Splash Day School for 15 years.
In 1962, Corine left Virginia and moved to Delaware. In that same year, she joined Holy Trinity Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of N.L. and Irma Goldsberry. There she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and became a devoted and diligent worker in the church. Corine sang in the church choir and served for many years as the president of the Junior Usher Board.
Some of Corine’s favorite pastimes were reading her Bible, doing puzzles with her great-granddaughter, Olivia, and she NEVER missed the Sunday broadcast of Bishop G.E. Patterson’s, Bountiful Blessings. She was also very well known for making her famous sweet potato pie every Christmas. And finally, Corine will be humorously remembered for serving as the unofficial “president” of the neighborhood watch. Nothing got by her, and if it did, she was not shy about calling her sisters to find out the color and occupants of any car that she missed.
Corine was preceded in death by two sisters, two brothers, and her eldest daughter, Patricia E. Briddell.
She leaves to cherish her memories with her children, Linda Collins of Dover, DE, Lesley Collins of Delmar, DE, Tyanna Collins, also of Dover, and her niece, Iris (Tracy) Payne, of Lincoln, DE, whom she lovingly considered to be her fifth daughter; one grandchild, Kierstin (German) Gattis; two great-grandchildren, Janaya and Olivia Gattis; and four honorary grandchildren, Erica Smith, Kaitlyn Payne, Justin Taylor, and Trina Toomey; one sister, Phyllis (Arthur) Deshields, of Delmar, DE, and John (Stephany) Wescott, also of Delmar; a host of nieces, nephews, and her New Holy Trinity church family.
Lovingly Submitted by,
A Psalm of David.
1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
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