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Timothy and Lisa Collins

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Timothy and Lisa Collins

Timothy and Lisa Collins, ages 46 and 47, died on Saturday, May 3, 2014 in a tragic car accident near Cass Lake, MN.

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Lisa Marie Cox was born to George and Rose (Sundvall) Cox on February 10, 1967 in Bemidji, MN. She grew up in Cass Lake, attended Cass Lake schools, and graduated from Cass Lake High School in 1985.

Timothy Bocephus Collins was born on July 30, 1967 in Zanesville, Ohio and was raised by adoptive parents, William and Francis Gay. He moved to Minnesota, living in Cass Lake, Bemidji, and Puposky before making Cass Lake his permanent home.

On July 15, 1987, Lisa and Timothy were married in Bemidji and began a life of giving, sharing, and opening their home and hearts to many. Lisa worked as a housekeeper at Bemidji hospital until an accident incapacitated her. Tim worked briefly for the U.S. Forest Service, and did voluntary odd jobs for TC Lighting. They were blessed with two daughters, Cassandra and Alicia, and took in many of their children's friends and loved them as their own.

Lisa loved to make people laugh and smile. She treasured her children and grandchildren, and liked listening to music, especially by Luke Bryan. She rarely took time for herself; rather, her passion was for helping others and making people happy. Lisa was always very giving, no matter how little she had.

Tim is remembered as a loving father and an amazing grandfather who was a fun-loving child at heart. (He liked to do some things that he maybe shouldn't have)! He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and simply being outdoors with his best friend, Mel Aaserude. Tim collected scrap metal to sell and had a talent for making models out of matchsticks and using odds and ends to make things look beautiful. He, too, liked music, especially country music. He devoted his time to loving his wife, his kids, and his grandkids.

When they had extra time, Tim and Lisa enjoyed playing bingo at the Palace Casino, where the staff members were like a second family to them. They had many friends.

Survivors include children, Cassandra and Jordan Thayer, Alicia (Richard Molash) Gay-Collins; parents, Rose Cox and William (Gen) Gay; siblings, Kenny, George, Wes, and Connie Cox; Marilyn (Steve) Roseberry, Nolan "Bubb" (Lila) Zimmerman; grandchildren, Curtis Lee, Aydin, Tayamarie, Trentin, Avery, Xander, and Talon; and Tim's best friend, Mel Aaserude.

Preceding Tim and Lisa in death were parents, George Cox, Francis Gay, Sylvia Wiseman; and siblings, Thomas Felda, and Tammy Clancy.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 2:00-3:00 PM at Calvary Lutheran Church in Bemidji. Funeral services will be at 3:00 with Rev. George H. Collins officiating and interment in Calvary Cemetery after the service. A luncheon will follow at the church. Arrangements are being provided by Dennis Funeral Home of Walker (www.dennisfuneralhome.com).

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