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In Memory of

Elizabeth Reese Collier

November 6, 1925 - January 6, 2018

Obituary



Elizabeth Reese Collier, 92, went to be with the Lord on Saturday January 6, 2018. A celebration of her life will take place at St. John's Baptist Church, 300 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, beginning at 1:30 pm, on Thursday January 11, 2018.

Elizabeth (Libby) was born in Miami, Florida on November 6, 1925. She grew up in Charlotte and attended city schools, graduating from Central High in 1943. She went on to enroll at Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing and achieved her dream of becoming a registered nurse. Subsequently she worked at Presbyterian...


Elizabeth Reese Collier, 92, went to be with the Lord on Saturday January 6, 2018. A celebration of her life will take place at St. John's Baptist Church, 300 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, beginning at 1:30 pm, on Thursday January 11, 2018.

Elizabeth (Libby) was born in Miami, Florida on November 6, 1925. She grew up in Charlotte and attended city schools, graduating from Central High in 1943. She went on to enroll at Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing and achieved her dream of becoming a registered nurse. Subsequently she worked at Presbyterian Hospital, Archbold Hospital in Thomasville, Georgia, Nalle Clinic back in Charlotte, and then finished her nursing career at Kaiser Permanente.

During World War II Libby served as a Junior Hostess at the local Charlotte USO Club. It was in those years that she became pen pals with a young Mark Collier, stationed with the US Army Air Corps in the South Pacific theater. Although they had never met, a steady exchange of letters over the next two years brought them close. The war ended, they met, briefly courted, married, and lived happily together for the next sixty-two years.

The young couple joined St. John's Baptist Church in 1950. Libby loved singing in the choir over the next sixty-two years. She was also involved in other ministries, including children's Sunday School and WMU. Most recently she met with the Uptown Ladies. For a time, she joyfully participated in ministry to the homeless community at Hope Chapel.

Libby was preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth Reese, her husband, M.H. Collier, Sr., and her sister, Anna Wilson. Remaining to cherish her memory are her brother Charles Reese, her children Marcia Francis (Marvin), Marcus Collier Jr. (Debi), Jeanne Hedgecoe (Terry), Michael Collier (Diane), Alice Steiner (Billy), seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Due to Libby's big heart and open home, many considered her their "adoptive mother", including Toni and Joe, Anne and Debbie, and Diana. Special thanks go to daughter Alice, who came up from Florida to care for her mother for several years.

The family would also like to express heartfelt gratitude to Harris Hospice at Novant Presbyterian Medical Center for their compassionate care and to McEwen Funeral Service for kind and professional services to the family in this time of sorrow. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. John's Baptist Church listing Hope Chapel on memo line, or to the charity of your choice.