Mary Bryant Collins

Mary Bryant Collins, age 75, of Hudson, Massachusetts passed away peacefully at home on Friday, December 3, 2021.

A Memorial Service to celebrate Mary’s life will be held on Saturday, December 11 at 11 AM. The service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 34 Felton Street in Hudson, MA.

Mary was born in Newton, MA to the late Dr. James R. and Marie Bryant. She worked as a registered nurse for over 45 years. Mary enjoyed being a Girl Scout Leader for over 20 years. She was very active in the First United Methodist Church of Hudson, MA. She also loved gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family. Mary was a loving wife, mother, and grandma. In her last years, she loved spoiling her three grandchildren.

Mary was a kind person with a good heart who will be missed by many, especially her family. Preceding her in death in addition to her parents, was her sister Janet Bryant Fallis. Mary is survived by her loving husband of 44 years Robert Earl Collins of Hudson, MA; by her two children, Joy Reinknecht and her husband James of Howell, New Jersey, and James Collins and his wife Marica Moreno Baez of Arundel, Maine; and three grandchildren, Casey Reinknecht, Emily Reinknecht, and Santiago Collins Moreno; her brother James Robert Bryant of MA; her sisters, Elizabeth Grantham of Connecticut, Carol Bryant of Oregon and Dorothy Ledner of New Hampshire and many loving nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and a great great nephew.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Mary B. Collins to support cancer research and patient care at:

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
P.O. Box 849168
Boston, MA 02284
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  1. Amy Clapp on December 6, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Love to you all. Mary was very special and I was lucky to join her family.

  2. Jennie Jaeger on December 6, 2021 at 1:43 am

    Aunt Mary did so much to keep the Bryant family connected. We are all so lucky to have had her as part of the family. Love you all.

  3. Marcos Moreno on December 6, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    Receive our sincere condolences to our beloved Collins family.

    Marcos, Marie, Selma & Inés

  4. pinky on December 6, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    While I never got to meet Mary, I have met her legacy through Joy, Emily, and Casey, and have heard of how wonderful she was. Her warm spirit and big heart are evident in those whose life she touched. Much love to the Reinknecht and Collins families.

  5. Dorothy Bryant Ledner on December 6, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Mary will be missed very much by all who knew her. She Loved her family very much and enjoyed her gardens, birds , and nature.

  6. Christine & Mario on December 10, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    We are so blessed to have been a part of Mary’s church family. She was always loving and kind, giving hugs when you needed them most without knowing you needed them. We hope you can find comfort in the memories and celebration of her life. May she rest in peace and the light of Lord and Savior forever. Wishing you peace and comfort.

  7. Rosemary Rimkus on December 10, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    So sorry Bob and family

  8. Frances Wolfe on December 10, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    She will be missed by Many, for sure—–Now she is in a way better place—“Our Lord’s Hands” Savor the memories I will never forget her—such a Wonderful person-kind to all—

  9. JaniceO on December 10, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Bob and the family. Mary loved everyone and was so encouraging to anyone going through sickness, especially cancer, and she was always upbeat about her own cancer.
    I looked forward to her call every year asking if I could bake for the fair. This year I baked for Mary because I knew she would call if she could.
    We’ll miss her always.

  10. Julie and John Snyder on December 10, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    It was an blessing to have been part of her church family. Her hugs and warmth will be greatly missed. I always think of her when the dwarf irises bloom. Sending peace to you Bob as I know she is with God now.

  11. Julie Snyder on December 10, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    It was an blessing to have known her. I always think of her when the dwarf irises bloom. Sending peace to you Bob as I know she is with God now.

  12. Deb Kauffman on December 10, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    Mary was a role model to many. She showed us how to love, be strong, reach out to others and express her faith in faith in loving ways. It didn’t matter how bad she might be feeling she never failed to ask how you were especially when you needed it.
    Church will not be the same without her. I will remember and love her always.
    May God Bless you, Bob and family

  13. Dee Jordan on December 10, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    Dear sweet Mary.. always had a smile on her face… even though she struggled and fought for so long.. just a beautiful, kind, thoughtful person..inside and out! Her faith was as as strong as she was

    Will be missed by everyone xoxo

    Till we meet again
    Our angel

  14. Barbara Robinson on December 10, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    I will always remember how kind she was to my husband during his illness and every time I walk in front of the rocking chairs I see her caring face. Rest In Peace, Mary you will be missed

  15. Grenfell-Lee Family on December 10, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    Mary sat in front of us and always was so welcoming, warm, and fun to talk with. She was so respectful to our kids, who remember her very dearly. Her gentle style of leadership was a real role model. A powerful spirit who is already missed and will always be in our hearts.

  16. Sue Yeaton on December 10, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Mary surely will be missed. No matter what she was going through she always asked how we were doing and said she would be praying for us. Hugs, thoughts and prayers for Bob and family.

  17. Aprille Bryant on December 11, 2021 at 4:30 am

    Aunt Mary never complained about anything on her own behalf, but was keenly aware of justice and fairness on behalf of others. She dispensed love freely and would do anything for family. She had a magically green thumb for both outdoor and indoor plants and had firm opinions on which birds were fighters and which were bullies. She is missed so much.

  18. Nancy Bryant on December 11, 2021 at 4:32 am

    Mary was probably the most nurturing person you could meet. For family get togethers she often prepared three versions of favorite dishes to accommodate different food sensitivities. Mother Bryant said she had never seen a woman so glad to become a mother, and it was appropriate to their great happiness that she and Bob named their firstborn Joy. We are so grateful for all that Mary and Bob did to take care of Mother when she could no longer live independently. Mary kept in touch with the extended Bryant family in the South and kept her siblings’ and their families close with more local family reunions. She was proud of all of her family members but especially lit up seeing her grandchildren.

  19. Michelle Zagura on December 29, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    I only today learned of Mary’s passing. My condolences and kindness to Mary’s family. I spent many years working with Mary as part of the parents’ association at Mulready School. For many years, Mary was also a great Girl Scout leader for a couple of my girls. I offer Bob, Joy and James my sympathies and those of my family.

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