Mildred Weatherford Collings

March 21, 1923 ~ April 17, 2011

Mildred Weatherford Collings passed this life on Sunday, April 17, 2011, eighty-eight years after entering it in a small South Louisiana sawmill town that has since disappeared.

Early in her life she accepted the invitation of dashing young Robert Louis Collings to join him in the challenges of starting a life together as the wife of a school teacher. She soon supported his efforts to become an attorney by working and raising a family during the war years of the 1940's, moving her family to Lake Charles so he could begin his practice there in 1948, where they remained for essentially the rest of her life.

She raised two children there: Peggy Naomi Harrison, now of Houston, TX and Robert William Collings of Lake Charles; as well as participating in the life of her six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of over 60 years, Robert L. Collings.

A woman of considerable energy and stamina, she decided when she was in her early forties that with her children grown and gone she would go back to school and get a college degree. The tenacity and diligence that she brought to everything n life caused her schoolwork at McNeese to be quickly notice by the faculty and later reconfirmed when she graduated with highest honors.

She taught elementary school at first, but went back to get her masters degree in Library Science, and returned to the Lake Charles schools where she contentedly continued her work as a Librarian until she retried years later.

She enjoyed immensely being a part of Lake Charles, not only in its schools, but with the "sewing clubs", church groups and social gatherings of her wife collection of friends. Most knew her as a warm, intelligent, tolerant and interested friend with a soft sense of humor whose principal concern was generally the welfare of others. Her family knew her as a loyal and untiring supporter, always interested in listening to their accomplishments and problems, working to subtly motivate them to make the best decisions and rarely pushing her own views forward. She always had a certain down to earth dignity about her that made her very approachable, yet a person many looked to in creating a model for their own life. She will be sorely missed.

Visitation will be on Tuesday in Johnson Funeral Home from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM. A private graveside service will be held at Consolata Cemetery. Rev. Charlie Langford will officiate.

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  1. Dear Billy, Wanted you to know your friends from LaGrange Class of 62 were thinking about you. Our condolences to you and your family.In ChristSandy

  2. I am so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Collings was my 5th grade teacher at Prien Lake. She was my most favorite teacher I ever had. Her love for her students was evident and she had such a sweet spirit. It was like having your grandmother for a teacher. We saw recently her when we were eating out and I'm glad I got to tell her how much she meant to me. I will keep you in my prayers as you deal with your loss.

  3. May God comfort you during this difficult time of loss.My prayers are with the familyDeany Meinke(formerly LeBlanc)

  4. Ms Mildred was the the sweetest person. She always dressed and carried herself as the perfect lady. Even at her age when she walked in the dinning room or attended any activity heads would turn. Even if she wasn't having a good day you could not tell she always held her head high with a beautiful smile. She has been missed at The Gardens. Heaven has a new angel. God Bless you all.

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Billy, all your classmates at LaGrange are thinking of you at this time. Your mother was a beautiful person, inside and out.

  6. Peggy and Billy, My heart was so heavy when I saw that your mom had passed.But it soon filled ith the sweet memories of her, when I thouht of the nice times I always had with her and your dad when visited at your home.Such a precious couple whose love for the Lord showed through there life.I wish I could be with you all tonight but I have had a stroke and it not only affcted y vison, but it has made my hearing so sensitive that I am unable to be in large crowds. But I wanted you to know that my love and deepest sympathy are with you at this time.God bless you both and the grandchildren also. Bev. Precht

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