Ella N. Collins, a retired nurse who lived on Maidstone Avenue in East Hampton Village with her husband, Irad S. Collins, for many years, died on March 20 at the Hamptons Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Southampton of pulmonary hypertension, her family said. She was 91.
Mrs. Collins worked as a nurse at Southampton Hospital for many years. She later worked at what was formerly the Southampton Nursing Home.
After retiring at 85, Mrs. Collins stayed active by mowing her own lawn, painting, and raking leaves, her family said. She also loved to read.
Mrs. Collins, who went by Nancy, was born on August 7, 1921, in Newark, N.J. to the former Helen Renaud and William Carter. Her father was from a Sag Harbor family.
On Feb. 9, 1946, she married Irad S. Collins of East Hampton, in East Orange, N.J. Shortly after marrying, the couple moved to East Hampton, where they spent their lives and raised a daughter.
Her daughter, Nancy Cunningham of East Hampton, survives her as do three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Visiting hours were held earlier this week at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor.
The family has suggested that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105