August 17, 1923 ~ October 5, 2015

Born in: Aurora, NE,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Isabella Steenburg Collins, MD, of Deerfield Retirement Community, died Monday, October 5, 2015 at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals. A native of Aurora, NE, she was the daughter of the late Edmund Kenneth Steenburg and Grace Hillis Steenburg. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Harold A. Collins, MD, who died in 1986. Isabella completed her undergraduate degree at Vassar College, her Masters degree at Radcliffe College and her Medical Degree at The John Hopkins University Medical School. Isabella was a practicing physician for 40 years. She is survived by one daughter, Emmy Collins Wright and her husband David, of Arden; two sons, Scott Collins and his wife Meredith, of Arden and Patrick Collins of Hilton Head, SC; one brother, Richard Steenburg, MD of Miami, FL, as well as five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. At her request, no services are planned. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution in Isabella's memory to The Johns Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore, MD (www.hopkinsmedicine.org). Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. I hope that the good memories of Dr. Collins give comfort to the family. Also God is not too far away that HE cannot give peace of mind and heart to the family and friends , Hope for the future : John 5 : 28-29 (Psalm 83:18)

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  2. Emmy and David and Collins Family,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Your mother was a very extraordinary person and a pioneer for women in the Medical profession.
    Sincerely,
    Julia and Jim Peterson

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  3. I adored this fine lady. She and I would walk our dogs, Cloud and Grayton, and just talk and laugh… and then talk and laugh some more. I learned a lot from her in my younger days and greatly appreciated her friendship. Blessings to the family and Patrick, I know she was so grateful for your dedication to her.

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