Jeri L. Collins, 54, of Fort Dodge, passed away Saturday April 24, 2010 at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday April 28th at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Lawrence McCarty officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial. Visitation will be after 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the Laufersweiler-Sievers Funeral Home with a Vigil service beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Survivors include her daughter Carrie Collins of Johnstown, PA; son Curtis Collins of Fort Dodge, a granddaughter Bianca Wheeler, brothers Delmar Smith and his wife Gail of Charlotte, NC; John Barton of White Salmon, WA; Don Barton and his wife Lynne of Yachtes, OR; Tom Barton of San Jose, CA; sister Ronda Luedtke and her husband Gerald of Ogden and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Jeri was preceded in death by her parents Howard and Marvell (Schribner) Barton and an infant son Cory Allen.
Jeri Lynn Barton was born November 8, 1955 in Algona. She attended Livermore area schools graduating from Twin River High School. Shortly after high school she was united in marriage to Richard Collins in Livermore, in 1974. The couple established their home in Fort Dodge. Jeri was employed at the Fort Dodge Labs for several years before taking the time to raise her children and care for her family. In 1990, she became employed for the State of Iowa at the Webster County Court House. In 2000, she received her Associate of Arts Degree from Iowa Central Community College. Jeri received the Meritorious Service Award from the State of Iowa in 2006. She retired with the position as a supervisor in 2007. Jeri was an avid traveler, loved hiking, canoing, and all sorts of other outdoor activities. She hosted families for the International Horse Back and Archery Show which took place at the Webster County Fair Grounds. Jeri was a Founding member of the Lizard Creek Blues Society, a member of Sacred Heart Church, Legion of Mary, Brushy Creek Friends of Traditional Music, T.W.I.T. Birthday Club, Beginning Experience, C.H.R.P., and Walk to Emmons. She will be deeply missed.
In Lieu of flowers memorials may be left to Trinity Hospice of Fort Dodge.