Antonia Corona Collins, 1927 – 2014
Antonia Corona Collins
1927 – 2014
Antonia Corona Collins was born on May 10, 1927, in Ontario and entered into her final rest on July 7, 2014, in Bakersfield at the age of 87. Services will be held on Saturday, July 12, 2014, at 1 p.m., at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Interment will be at a later date.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Francisco Cota Collins in 2002; her son, David Collins in 1979; her parents, Jesus Galvan Corona and Alvino Zavala Corona; and her siblings: Carlos, Victor, Eulalia, Bonifacio, Paul, Robert, and Andres.
She is survived by two sisters, Sally Almanza and Alice Lerma. She is also survived by her children, Frank Collins, Victor Collins, Rachel Collins-Stout, and Monica Evans. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Crystal Collins, David Collins, Rachel Evans, Susannah Evans, Sam Evans, Jacob Stout, Megan Stout, Amanda Stout, Ashlyn Collins, Noah Collins, Vianne Collins; and two great grandchildren, Andrew Meyer and Kelsey Collins.
Antonia’s parents were agricultural workers and moved frequently throughout the western part of the United States. Antonia left school at an early age to help her parents by working in packing houses and picking walnuts. She was well known for her willingness to help care for her much younger siblings and many nieces and nephews. She later met and married the love of her life, Frank, in 1955. At the age of 29, after years of caring for other people’s children, she gave birth to the first of her five children and thereafter concentrated on being a wife and mother.
Later, when her children were older, Antonia returned to work as a bilingual aide in Ventura County. She was encouraged to return to school so she attended college alongside her son, Victor, completing her Associates degree in Liberal Arts. Not one to be idle, she then obtained her realtor’s license and worked successfully while contemplating pursuing her Bachelor’s degree with an eventual goal of becoming a teacher. Unfortunately, due to her father’s ill health, she chose to concentrate her efforts on family as she always did and sold real estate on a part-time basis for a number of years. Eventually in 1989, once all her children left home, she and her husband, Frank, moved to Oregon. They returned to California in 1995 to be closer to her grandchildren. Antonia and Frank moved to Tehachapi in 1999.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements were made with the assistance of Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. For condolences please visit woodmortuary.net.