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Elinor H. Collins,

Elinor H. Collins Elinor H. Collins, 81 of Barnesville, MN, died Wednesday, August 27, 2003, quietly in her home. Elinor was born on March 31, 1922, to Harry and Emma (Hoffmann) Baker in rural Vergas, MN. She attended school and grew to womanhood...

Elinor H. Collins

Elinor H. Collins, 81 of Barnesville, MN, died Wednesday, August 27, 2003, quietly in her home.

Elinor was born on March 31, 1922, to Harry and Emma (Hoffmann) Baker in rural Vergas, MN. She attended school and grew to womanhood in the Pelican Rapids area, graduating from Pelican Rapids High School in 1940. She attended Beauty School in Minneapolis. After graduation in 1942, she moved to Barnesville, and along with her sister Minnie Rindahl, opened Two Sisters Beauty Shop in Barnesville.

Elinor married Harry Collins on September 15, 1945, in Assumption Catholic Church, Barnesville. Harry and Elinor had three children, Paul, Cindy and Anita. She opened Elinor's Beauty Shop in 1967, again with her sister Minnie. Ever since she has continued to serve her customers. Elinor had continued to display passion for hairstyling by working at the Barnesville Good Samaritan Center for many years. The residents loved her talent and will miss her Wednesday Beauty Shop Day. Elinor worked for 55 years as hairstylist at the funeral home in Barnesville. She had a special place in her heart for John Dobmeier. Harry died on March 24, 2001.

Elinor was a long time member of Assumption Catholic Church in Barnesville. Elinor was active in St. Ann's Guild and held different offices for 32 years. She was also a member of the Society of Catholic Foresters for 40 years. Elinor also touched the lives of many young women by her active role in the Camp Fire Girls where she was a leader to a group of girls until their high school graduation. Elinor was a group leader for 18 years. She was given special honors at the Camp Fire Girls Grand Council in 1976. Her work ethic will influence the lives of all who know her and she will be missed by all who were touched by her acts of kindness.

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Elinor loved spending time at her lake cottage with family and friends, playing cards and Chinese checkers. She always had the coffee on, and homemade cookies ready.

She is survived by one son, Paul (Nancy) Collins of Jamestown, ND; two daughters; Cindy (Lon) Arnhold of Fargo and Anita (John) Stoering of Sauk Rapids, MN; seven grandchildren; Michael (Kylah) Lemke, and their son Ethan all of Barnesville, Summer Lemke of LaCrosse, WI, Jade Collins of Moorhead, Erin Collins of Moorhead and Paige Collins at home in Jamestown, Ashley Stoering and Tyler Stoering both of Sauk Rapids; two step-grandchildren, Jason Arnhold and Scott Arnhold both of Fargo; and great-grandson, Hunter Lawson of Rollag. She is also survived by one sister, Minnie Rindahl of Barnesville; and one brother, Arndt Baker of Vergas.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Funeral mass: Tuesday, at 11 AM in Assumption Catholic Church, Barnesville.

Visitation: Monday from 4-8 PM, with a prayer service at 7 PM in Dobmeier Funeral Home, Barnesville, and two hours before at the church.

Interment: St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Barnesville.

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