GREENSBORO — Beatrice Ann “Bea” Collins of Greensboro, Maryland, passed away at her home peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, after a long illness. She was 80 years old.

Born on July 16, 1940, in Ridgely, Maryland, Bea was the daughter of the late Frank Thomas Schmitt and Blanche Pollard Schmitt. Her husband, Troy H. Collins, died Nov. 13, 1985.

Bea was a homemaker, but had also worked in the NCHS cafeteria, the Double Dip and Cindy’s in Denton, Maryland, as well as the Caroline Nursing Home and The Gables. She was a member of the Concord United Methodist Church where she enjoyed being a “Pen Pal.” She also enjoyed “Joy Meetings” at the Greensboro Baptist Church. She also helped at the Greensboro VFW where she made many cakes for raffles and helped in kitchen with dinners. A people person (Everyone knew “Miss Bea”), she liked to shop, cook, eat out and spend time with her family and sisters.

Bea is survived by two sons, Troy H. “Sonny” Collins Jr. of Greensboro and David G. Collins (Lisa) of Seaford, Delaware; a daughter, Teresa Lynn Hall of Felton, Delaware (Dewayne); four sisters: Marie Buckle of Ridgely, Stella Harris of Cordova, Maryland, Jeanette Swartz of Cordova, and Rosella Bates of Preston, Maryland; four grandchildren: Joshua Brock, Brittany Lafayette, Stella Awan, and Crystal Hall-Perry; and 12 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by an infant son, Gary Lee Collins; a sister, Matilda “Tillie” Walls; and two brothers, Frank Schmitt Jr. and Clarence “Whitey” Schmitt.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25 with a visitation from 5 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening at the Moore Funeral Home, P.A. located at 12 S. Second St. in Denton. The interment will be in the Ridgely Cemetery.

If friends wish to send memorial donations, the family suggests sending them to the Concord United Methodist Church, PO Box 461, Denton, MD 21629. To offer online condolences, please visit

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