Friday, December 9, 2011

Lynda Collier, 1940-2011

Lynda Collier, age 71, died at her home in Enterprise, Alabama on November 11, 2011 after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.

Mrs. Collier was born in Albertville, Alabama on March 9, 1940, the daughter of Brelen and Bernelle Chambers, both of whom preceded her in death.  Lynda attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, and graduated with honors from Birmingham-Southern College.  She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society and her beloved Alpha Omicron Pi social sorority.  She taught English at Ensley High School in Birmingham, and was later a feature writer for the Southeast Sun in Enterprise.

Lynda and her husband of 49 years, Dr. William (Bill) Baxter Collier, Jr. were married in 1962.  They were stationed at RAF Lakenheath in England, where their first child, Charles Amos Collier, was born and died in 1967.  They returned to Alabama in 1968, settling in Enterprise.

Lynda was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church and the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, and a founder of the Coffee County Arts Alliance.  A life-long Anglophile and lover of English literature, Lynda led tours of England and Scotland, and was a devoted patron of the Alabama Shakespeare Theater.

Lynda is survived by her husband Bill, their son William (Will) Baxter Collier, III and daughter Anne Lynn (Kitty) Collier Mingus, daughter-in-law Beth Herr Collier, son-in-law Matthew Mingus, grandsons Collier and Matthew Mingus, her sister Lauren Elizabeth and aunt Connie Dee Chambers Brown.

Services were held at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Enterprise on Tuesday, November 15.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association (

The family wishes to send special thanks to Mary Sue Frazier, Mary Thames, Paula Catrett and Day Springs Hospice for their devotion and care, and to the community of Enterprise for the countless acts of kindness and love during Lynda's long illness.

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