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Gussie Louise Collins ex

Gussie Louise Collins ex passed away April 6 in Coolidge. When she was six weeks old, Louise was adopted from Hope Cottage in Fort Worth. At age 10, her father was forced to place her in Buckner’s Orphan’s Home in Dallas after his wife passed away in the midst of the Great Depression. Louise remained very close to her father, but when he remarried two years later and sought to bring her back home she convinced him to let her stay at Buckner’s with all the friends she had made. Louise graduated from Buckner’s in 1940 and accepted a job at Mary Hardin-Baylor, where she was able to continue her education while working as the president’s secretary. When the nation became engulfed in World War II in 1942, she traveled to Washington, D.C., to work in the war department. Louise went on to work as a secretary to the base chaplain at James Connally Air Force Base in Waco, served as an officer in the Department of Defense Ladies Club, and worked as a service representative for the Social Security Administration. She was very active in the First Baptist Church in Coolidge, serving many years as a Sunday School teacher and church secretary.