Clarice Visser Collins

Clarice Visser Collins Claricie "Clare" Visser Collins, 82, died Sunday, April 6, 2009.  Claricie was born Feb. 22, 1927 in Hurley, to Leonard and Leta Thompson Visser.  Collins was a graduate of The University of South Dakota (USD), member of  Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and PEO Sisterhood.  She married Gerald M. "Jeb" Collins in 1950, they were divorced in 1981. Survivors include her daughters, Lowell Collins (Daryl Boles), Bentonville, AR, Kimberly Nissen, Malcolm NE, Andrea Collins (David Mumgaard) Lincoln, NE; sons, G. Leonard "Lenny" Collins (Irene), Wilmington, DE, Alex Collins (Mimi), Minnetonka, MN; eight grandchildren, Eric Boles, Bentonville, AR, Allison Nissen, Germantown, MD,  Charles and Matthew Collins, Wilmington, DE, Leta and LaRue Mumgaard, Lincoln, NE, Ella and Joseph Collins, Minnetonka, MN and a sister, Charlotte Visser Carver, Sioux Falls. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Charles Visser and granddaughter, Willa Clare Mumgaard.  Collins was executive secretary of the USD Alumni Association from 1967 to 1989; she also served as Director of Alumni and Public Information Services at USD from 1983 to 1989.  She received several awards from USD and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Higher Education, and was listed in "Who's Who in Politics 1967, 1968," "Who's Who of American Women 1983-88,"  "Who's Who in College Administrators 1986-1988" and USD Outstanding Alumna, 2000.  She was a member of the USD Al Neuharth Center for Excellence in Journalism Advisory Board.  Upon retirement, Collins moved to northwest Arkansas in 1989.  She was active in the Rogers Historical Museum, Beaver Lake Literacy Council, The Ozark Society and the NWA Q.U.I.L.T. Guild and attended Peace Lutheran Church of Rogers.  She moved to Lincoln, NE in 2007, was a member of First Plymouth Church and  the Lincoln Quilters Guild, and a volunteer at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum.  Memorials may be given to the Claricie V. Collins Award at The University of South Dakota Foundation, P.O. Box 5555, Vermillion, SD, 57069.  Services:  As requested by Clare, her children will scatter her ashes in the cool waters of Gull Lake in northern Minnesota in a private family service this summer.  Please celebrate her life in a way of your choosing or when you are with one of the many others who loved her dearly, raise your glass in Clare's honor and memory.  You know she would love just such a gesture! Please visit www.journalstar .com/obits to share personal reflections and condolences.

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