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215 S. Broadway St.
La Porte, TX 77571
Phone: 281.867.9333
Fax: 281-941-4386
Della Collins

Della Mae Collins (Dukes)

Thursday, March 7th, 1935 - Tuesday, January 5th, 2021
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Della Mae (Dukes) Collins was born March 7, 1935 to Artie Mae (Ward) and Calvin Dukes in New Boston, Texas. Della grew up with her four brothers and four sisters in Waxahachie, Texas. Losing her mother at an early age, Della was quite independent. She was just 17 when she met Bradley Taylor and started a new life. Brad was off to a good start as a young man with a new bride. He landed a job in Insurance that moved him and Della to Jackson, MS. So off they went, and along came a son, Terry. Their next move was to Oakland, CA with Brad’s job and another son, Ricky was born. Another hop to Memphis, TN and they added son Kevin to the family. They continued on to Savannah, GA then North Carolina, living life and raising children. After the boys were grown, Brad and Della parted ways. Kevin and Della ventured back to Texas to be closer to family they had left years before. Living in and around La Porte, Della met Mr. Jerry Collins and what a relationship that became. Adding Jerry’s children to the family, Della loved Jana and Jeff as her own.

Those who knew Della speak of her strength, and her stubbornness, but mostly of her love. She was smart and creative. She could raise money for any cause, which she did often through her association and membership in the Eagles (FOE 2753). She and Jerry were both active members. Aside from just raising children (and husbands) Della has worked for a Dentist and an Orthopedic Surgeon. Coming back to La Porte, she was the office manager/ membership director for Houston Yacht Club and accomplished most any task she set her mind to.

Della is preceded by her parents; her husbands, Bradley Taylor and Jerry Collins and son Kevin Taylor. She is survived by her children, Terry Taylor, Ricky Taylor, Jana Jacobs and Jeff Collins. She also leaves (at last count) eleven grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. There are many extended family and too many friends to name that will miss her sweet smile. Rest well Della, You’ve earned it.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 9th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    When
    Saturday, January 9th, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location
    Stepping Stone Funeral Home
    Address
    215 S. Broadway St
    LA PORTE, TX 77571
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    Notes
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 9th, 2021 | 3:00pm
    When
    Saturday, January 9th, 2021 3:00pm
    Location
    Stepping Stone Funeral Home
    Address
    215 S. Broadway St
    LA PORTE, TX 77571
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  • Reception

    Location
    Fraternal Order of Eagles
    Address
    803 S, 8th Street
    LA PORTE, TX 77571
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    Notes
    The Auxiliary will perform a traditional White Rose Ceremony at the lodge following Services at Stepping Stone for our sister Della.

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Mary Taylor

Posted at 04:15pm
Della was my grandmother. She was also my talking buddy because we live miles and miles away from each other. Grandma favorite thing to tell me is she is old and boring. She would tell me that because she didn't have anything new to tell me. Brooklynn her great granddaughter would talk to her and grandma said that Brooklynn is full of energy. I would tell her stories about Brooklynn and she would laugh. When Brooklynn would talk to her grandma would either laugh or say she didn't understand her. Brooklynn talks fast. Grandma couldn't understand Brooklynn because she talked to fast. So I would tell grandma what she told her. Grandma would laugh. Grandma enjoyed talking to Brooklynn especially when she talked slower. We will miss our talking buddy. Love you grandma

Jana Jacob

Posted at 03:50pm
Della was my step mom and my friend. I wasn't the easiest teenager in the world to handle but she did it with grace and taught me a lot. She was always a classy lady , ( I called her a Cougar) and she just laughed at me. Many people can attest to the warmth, beauty, and fun loving way she carried about her. I was very Blessed when my Dad Jerry Collins decided to marry her the final 3rd time. I will always hear her deep southern drawl saying, Now Jana. I will miss speaking with her and making each other laugh. I have lived many miles away from her but those phone conversations always brought me home. My love to her Two boys and all the Grandkids and great grandkids left behind. I know you will miss her as well.
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