K. Renee Collins, 68 of Rochester NH, died unexpectedly on February 16th 2020 at Portsmouth Hospital surrounded by dozens of her loved ones.
Kathryn Renee Collins was born November 25th 1951, to Raymond and Edith Lambert. Renee was a loving Mom, "Gram", daughter, sister, aunt, friend, coworker and caregiver to many. She is now reunited in heaven with her parents, her eldest son Erin Stein, husband Liam Collins, her mother in law Phebe Collins, a longtime friend and sister of the heart Pam Frye, and her family's devoted dogs Sheerkhan and Shasta.
Renee is survived by her beloved son Chris Stein and her three treasured grandchildren; Sebastian, D'Artagnan, and Gillian Stein whose fierce love made her world turn on its very axis, daughters Kathryn Lane, Liz Collins, Sherrie Gardner and sister Edie Lambert. She is also survived by her adopted family connected by love and years, her siblings of the heart; Gladys Heath, Marie Tarlton, Helen Gray, and Ben Lohnes, children; Andrea Davis (Seth, Riley), John and Heidi Keenan (Breanna, Justin), Steve and Mary Amazeen (Damon), as well as her nieces The Frye Girls; Penny (Sam, Abby), Tricia (Evan, Drew) and Paulette (Mariah, Brea, Morgan, Chance, Lily), and The Heaths; Colleen, Roxanne (Ashley) and Heather (Anna, Maddy, Sierra, Taylor).
Renee held numerous vocations over the years; a longtime employee of local Week's restaurant, a compassionate LNA (in facilities and in peoples homes) and her most recent career at Walmart which brought her great pride. Although she enjoyed working, she was less concerned with the payments she received, rather the friendships she gained along the way. Renee's greatest passion and joy was giving to others.
Renee put others needs before her own and always brought sunshine and kindness to every room she entered. The coffeepot was always on in her home to welcome family and friends. Hours on end were spent around the kitchen table (made by love ones) which led to moments that became memories we now hold dear. She was a skilled and joyful chef that not only enjoyed feeding her family and friends but volunteering at local soup kitchens. She took in the broken (items, plants, people, and hearts), she patched them with warm food, drink, laughter and hope. A love for nature, family, happiness and sacrifice created a smile and laugh like no other. We are better people for sharing her space and are now all charged to put on a pot of coffee and open our hearts and continue to let her love shine on others around us.