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Ruby Collins dies in Hazard



Ruby Nell Combs Collins, 74, of Jenkins, died January 17 at the Greg and Noreen Wells Hospice Center in Hazard.

Born in Whitesburg to the late John and Rosa Mae Whitaker Stidham, she was the widow of Raymond Combs, and later married Hiram Collins, who survives her.

She was a sister of the late Kathleen Edwards, Lucille Holbrook, George Stidham and John Stidham, Jr.

She had worked as a nurse for more than 40 years, was a member of the Pine Mountain Chapter #247 O.E.S. in Jenkins and the Millstone Missionary Baptist Church, and had attended the Jenkins Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband are four daughters, Yana Pannell, of Kingsport, Tenn., Sanda Combs, of Georgetown and fiancé Dr. Ugwuala Nwauche, of Charlotte, N. C., and Melissa Cummings and husband Lucas, of Georgetown, and Amy Mullins, of Stamping Ground; 12 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 22, in Jenkins. Burial will be in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens in Big Stone Gap, Va.



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