Johanna DeJong Collins

Johanna DeJong Collins, 96, of Sweetwater, passed away on April 10, 2013.Jo was born in Springfield, S.D. on Nov. 15, 1916. She graduated from Springfield High School and continued on to receive a teaching degree from Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, S.D. and a Bachelor's degree in education from Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb.A private family memorial service is planned with local arrangements by Cate-Spencer & Trent Funeral Home. Jo was married to Raymond Howe on July 4, 1936. They were married 48 years. She remarried to Richard Collins of Sun City, Calif. in 1986 and they were married until Dick passed in 1996. Jo worked as an elementary teacher at Martin Grade School in Martin, S.D. for 20 years. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, trail rides and keeping things well-organized. She was active in local churches.Jo is survived by brother John DeJong of Bellflower, Calif.; daughter, Joan Smola and husband Dr. Jerry Smola of Sweetwater; sons, Donald Howe of Carrollton, Texas and John Howe and wife Julie of Windsor, Colo.; and other family and friends.Jo is preceded in death by her parents, Morris and Jennie DeJong; sisters, Gertrude Orr and Bernice DeJong; and spouses Raymond Howe and Richard Collins.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Nolan County-City Public Library, 206 Elm Street, Sweetwater, Texas 79556. The family of Johanna wishes to give a special thanks to Tammy Flores for her kindness and wonderful care.