COLLINS, Stephanie Noelle
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COLLINS,

Stephanie Noelle

Stephanie Noelle Collins, daughter of Forrest and Ann Collins, passed away Sunday, July 11, 2010. She is survived by her parents; Ann and Forrest Collins; two sisters and brother-in-law, Renee Collins Amandolia, Glenna Collins Sikanowicz and Dr. Dave Sikanowicz; and her beloved nephew and niece, Drew and Emily Amandolia. A life-long resident of Marietta, GA., Stephanie graduated from Lassiter High School in 1989 where she was a member of the marching band. After graduation, she proudly served in the United States Air Force as an Airman First Class and worked in the Command Center in Okinawa, Japan during Desert Storm. Upon her Honorable Discharge, Stephanie continued her service to the country in the Army National Reserves and received a degree in Criminal Justice from Reinhardt College. In addition to working in the medical field, Stephanie was a talented writer of poetry. Stephanie had a big heart and was involved with many worthy causes. She was a volunteer for the Special Olympics, she championed for disabled veterans and was a member of the Patriot Guard Riders. Stephanie was passionate about animals, especially her dogs Tater, Jasmine and Macy, and was a foster parent for homeless dogs. Stephanie leaves behind a legacy of love for her family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org. A full military service will be held graveside at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 16, 2010 at Georgia National Cemetery, 2025 Mount Caramel Church Lane, Canton, GA 30114. www.mayeswarddobbins.com

An original poem by Stephanie Collins: A Smile - My Smile,

A Gift for You A smile is just a simple gesture of kindness given to those who are in need of something nice. A smile is a hug without physical contact to stretch to a heart in need. A smile is a sign that says "Speak your heart,for mine will listen patiently." My smile given to you, my friend, is my way of saying "I am here, always, for your troubles and pains." Yet I am also here for those times that are good. My smile is a welcome mat to my heart and soul. My smile is yours to keep everywhere you go.
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Karen Tidwell
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July 16, 2010
I went to the funeral today and it was beautiful, her sister had so much courage and strength to stand up there and speak. I thank you for that, it was amazing, your message was so special -there was not a dry eye among the crowd. Stephanie will missed in so many ways - I loved her laugh and larger than life smile it was always so contagious. My prayers and thoughts go out to her family. Love ya - Steph
Sheila R
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July 16, 2010
My sincerest condolences to your family. I enjoy reading Stephanie obituaries. May your memories and your love for her help you to cope. The Bible hold out a wonderful promise at John 5:28,29,Jesus assure us of a resurrection here on earth under God Kingdom that we all pray for at Matthew 6:9.10.God Kingdom will bring untold blessing. May you keep your faith and trust in the one that can and will fulfill all his promises Jehovah God.(Psalms 83:18)
Dena Keyserling
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July 16, 2010
Stepahnie and I were friends for many years,unfortunately after I moved to Florida we lost touch. Not only did Stephanie serve proudly in the military she also served the people around her with great compasion. I will never forget the many things she did for me. Stephanie was far too good for this world. She will be sorely missed.
Debbie Laguna
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July 16, 2010
Stephanie was a good friend of my daughter, Steph, and she will miss her terribly. When she and her mother came to my home for my grand-daughters 1st birthday, it was a joy to have them both because of the bubbly attitudes, huge smiles and kindness that was shown to everyone. I had just met them, but felt like we had been friends for life. I remember her saying that she and her mom were best friend's and her mom quickly agreed. I saw Stephanie at the office where she works and she made it a point to find me just to give me a big hug and see what she could do to make me more comfortable....she still had that huge SMILE on her face! My heart breaks for her mom, her family and all of her friends who will miss her. I pray that the pain will quickly turn to sweet memories for everyone who knew and loved her so much. God Bless this family...
Deanne Neises
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July 15, 2010
Stephanie worked for me at a medical office and she was one of the best. Always willing to pitch in and do whatever was needed. Her smile was contagious. She will be missed.
SharonKeyserlingStil
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July 15, 2010
I meet Stephanie many years ago in the early 1990's, when she was a friend of my daughter's . She was a sweet girl who was searching for her way. She seemed to love the military, so I am pleased to know that she did join again.

My daughter lives in FL now and is today at the animal hospital with her dog, who is having surgery, so cannot come to the Stephanie's funeral. She was shocked to hear the news today and sends her condolences.

My prayers and thoughts go out to the family and her friends. It breaks my heart to think of their grief and dear Stephanie gone so young.
David Johnson
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July 15, 2010
I met Stephanie only once and could tell that she was a special person. She was a great friend to my sister and my neice and nephew loved her. She will be missed...
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