Arline D. Collins, obituary

Posted:  Friday, March 23, 2018 - 4:30pm

Arline D. Collins, 89, of Union, passed away March 8, at Harbor Hill , Belfast.  She was born January 14, 1929 in Porter, to David W Davidson and Florence M. Cousins Davidson.

Arline grew up in the Conway, New Hampshire, area where she graduated from Kennett High School in 1946.  

During World War Two, while still in school, she joined the Civil Air Patrol.  She loved flying but never dared to solo to obtain her pilots license.  After high school she attended Boston University.   

When the fire of 1947 was burning much of the nearby town of Brownfield, she worked with the Red Cross to provide food and assistance to the town and firefighters.  

She told of a time when she and her grandmother drove from South Conway to Brownfield with flames and fire licking their car from both sides of the road. 

It was there she met a young man sent from the Navy Base in Newport, Rhode Island, to assist in fighting the fire.  A girlfriend asked if she would like to double date.  When the young men pulled up to meet them  Arline quickly assessed who she wanted to be with and quickly jumped in beside him.  Two years later she married George P. Collins.

George and Arline moved to Bristol, New Hampshire in 1960 where she was a kindergarten teacher, summer leader at the Bristol Community Center , and later became the Assistant Director when her husband, George became Director of the Bristol Community Center.  

She and George also were active as Cub Scout and later Boy Scouts leaders.  When their daughter, Pam was eight they started the local 4H chapter in Bristol.  

In 1970, she accepted the job as secretary at Newfound Memorial High School where she worked until her retirement.  She and her husband George always put their hearts and souls into helping young people and touched many lives through the years. 

After retirement as secretary she opened Sugar House Crafts  where she sold her creations of fibre and wood.  As a lifelong learner she never stopped her pursuit of knowledge. She loved fibre and taught herself to weave and spin.  She had a personal computer from the first, when basic programing was needed to make it function, and stayed up to date with modern technology.  Growing up listening to ball games on the radio with her grandmother,  she remained an avid Red Socks fan and later, enjoyed watching the Patriots.  Loving a challenge, she went to bat against the IRS and won! 

In 1990, George and Arline designed, built and enjoyed their retirement home in Union,  near their family.  George passed in 2002.  Arline is survived by her son, George P. Collins, his wife Beth, daughter Pam Collins White, her husband Kevin, and her daughter Elspeth Collins.  Grandchildren are, Joseph White, wife Lindsey and Hillary W. Thibodeau , husband Wayne .  Great grandchildren, are Thomas and Theodore White, Georgia and Jacqui Thibodeau, all of Maine.  Sister Anne Parker and husband Les of Glen NH. and many nieces and nephews.

Her laugh and sense of humor will be sorely missed by all that knew her.  A  celebration of her life will be held at The Bayside Cemetery, in Laconia, New Hampshire, this spring.

In honor of in her memory may be made to Heifer International.   Gifts may be donated online at:  or checks may be sent to: 

Heifer International

Att: Donor Services

P.O. Box 8058

Little Rock, AR 72203